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Trafalgar Square

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Address: Centre of the City, London SW1A, England
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Description: A 145-foot-high monument, bearing a statue of Lord Horatio Nelson guarded...
A 145-foot-high monument, bearing a statue of Lord Horatio Nelson guarded by lions, marks the spot considered the center of London.
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Perfect for absorbing London

Trafalgar square is very central and the perfect setting to just relax and absorb the buzz of London. We walked from the Palace down the Mall to Trafalgar square. Here you can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Trafalgar square is very central and the perfect setting to just relax and absorb the buzz of London. We walked from the Palace down the Mall to Trafalgar square. Here you can enjoy the surrounding museums, historic monuments and street performers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

You will want to see this Square. The museum nearby is also excellent. There are lots of people mulling around at this square , be sure to keep your purse in front of you or use a money packet that stays under your pants. Lots of pictures by the Nelson Column etc.

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Iceland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Trafalgar Square is one of those "must see" places in London. It is a large and lively square, with street musicians and artists entertaining the tourists visiting. It is just beside the National Gallery, and is therefore easy to combine those two into one visit. The fountains and statues are beautiful. I was there in January, so there weren't that... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Trafalgar Square is one of those places you must see whíle in London. It is a big square with Nelson's column and beautiful fountains. We were there at the end of the day on a Friday, so it was not so crowded. It is located next to the National Gallery, so it's easy to combine the two.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Named for the famous naval victory over the fleets of Napoleonic France and Spain 210 years ago; and one of the places in London no visitor should miss even if they only see it from the window of a tour coach or bus. It is a focal point for protest marches and demonstrations and is often the site of festival... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Trafalgar Square is an iconic place of London and must see for any tourist or visitor. Huge sitting lion statues, Tall monument tower with Nelson, Beautiful looking National Gallery building are description of that area. There is a pillar or column where they change sculptures or art artefact periodically. Previously a bright blue rooster was present and now it was... More 

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Hobart
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The square was largely locked off in preparation for a concert, so no actual access to Nelson's Tower or the lions around the base. That being noted it was impressive and might have got 5 if I could have gotten to it!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I have been visiting Trafalgar square for many years .This was always the place to "feed the pigeons" We used to bring our own food but then it got commercialized and you had a seller with little cups of rice for an exorbitant price for the tourists It was supposed to be like the song ....."tuppence a bag" I was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It's a lovely square, there's no denying, as well as it being iconic to the UK, however the only issue I have with it is the amount of pigeons there. I know they cannot control them, but if there was less of them, it would be so much nicer.

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Killeen, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Such a busy, busy place with people all over the place. Look up the history about the statues and monuments before you go... its really neat. In Trafalgar Square, there is a mini police station and some great places to take photos.

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
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