Trafalgar Square

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One of London's most frequently visited public squares is Trafalgar Square which is situated in an area formerly known as Charing Cross. The square was completed and opened in 1844 and was named in honour of the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain that took place on 21st October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar, Spain. The square is situated outside of the National Gallery and the square holds Nelson's Column amongst other statues and fountains. The square is the host of annual celebrations for the city of London, such as the new year celebrations.

Getting there

The square is situated in Westminster, not far from other sights such as Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Westminster; so is easily accessible on foot if taking in a few sights in the area. Otherwise, the London Underground/train service is one of the best ways to get to the square with ‘Charing Cross’ and ‘Leicester Square’ being the closest stations.

Opening Times and Admission

The square is a public square so is free for the public to access at any time of any day throughout the year.

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  • Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England
  • Famous Roads, Squares, Streets
  • 020 7983 4750

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