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Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square has to be one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Its history dates back 200 years, during which time it has seen many a change. Up until the 17th century, the square was a courtyard within the Whitehall Palace estate.

In the 18th century, as part of improvement plans for the area, it was decided to develop the site of Trafalgar Square. The square opened in the 1830’s as a cultural place to the public. It was named Trafalgar Square, to commemorate the British Naval Victory over the French at the Battle of Trafalgar.

The square started to develop under the design of Sir Charles Barry. He proposed an upper terrace linked to a lower level, where Lord Nelson’s memorial statue is located by a large staircase.

Down the centuries, Trafalgar Square has become a popular place for demonstrations and protests, as well as a popular place to celebrate sporting triumphs.

Why go to Trafalgar Square:

Today, Trafalgar Square is a very active place to visit. If protests are not passing through, then the square usually plays hosts to a variety of events and activities all year round. These include live performances by actors and musicians. It is also a pleasant spot to relax on a step or a bench if the weather is fine.

Trafalgar Square has a great location. In all directions leading off from it's core, you will find places of interest, such as Buckingham Palace, Leicester Square, the National Gallery and Westminster.

Did you know?

Trafalgar Square used to have a huge pigeon population. This was mainly encouraged by tourists feeding them. However, in recent years, efforts have been stepped up to reduce the population. Feeding of Pigeons in the Square is prohibited and interestingly, on a regular basis, a hawk is released to fly around the square to scare any remaining pigeons away.

How to get there:


Northern and Bakerloo Lines - Get off at Charing Cross Station.

Northern and Piccadilly Lines - Get off at Leicester Square.

*Trafalgar Square is within a 5 minute walk from these stations.


Routes 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176 and 453 stop around Trafalgar Square.


Trafalgar Square,

London, WC2.


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