Nelson's Column

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Nelson's Column
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Monuments & Statues
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
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Ranked as one of London's greatest landmarks, this 185-foot high monument (circa 1843) looks down on the busy streets, fountains and swirling traffic of Trafalgar Square.
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The area
Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 1 min walk
  • Embankment • 5 min walk
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
British Naval Hero
Oct 2021
The iconic, but ridiculously tall Nelson’s Column, the majestic oversized lions, all to honour a great British hero. No British school history lessons would be complete without valorous death. If this column doesn’t bring out the inner child running around pretending to be a soldier, then nothing will.
Written October 29, 2021
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Michael W
Preston, UK3,461 contributions
Trafalgar Square and Nelsons Column Great Place to Chill
Aug 2021
We were stopping in an Hotel located on the Strand which is only a short walk away from Trafalger Square and Nelsons Column. The Square where Nelsons Column and the world famous Lion Statues are located is a huge area and a great place to visit, take in the sights chillax and people watch. Unfortunately during our visits there the area had been taken over by a group of protesters so we and any others were being kept away from the central area where the fountain and lion statues are located.
Written September 25, 2021
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland15,974 contributions
Leading london landmark
Sep 2021 • Solo
Nelson’s Column stands out and is one of the must see statutes in London. It is incredibly tall, so much so that it’s hard fo see the figure on the top!
Written September 15, 2021
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Ray
Staines, UK773 contributions
Nelson's Column
Mar 2021
The one eyed and one armed good ol' Admiral Horatio Nelson. Britain's greatest war hero has been given the highest spot in the city. This is the most central point in London geographically and touristy as hell. The whole column including 4 lions has been copied by many countries and the cheap looking smaller replicas can be found in many different cities around the world. During WW2, Hitler was so impressed with this imposing powerful structure that he ordered German air force to not bomb it so he could move and reinstall it in Berlin.

Even though the statue is high above and far away from any vandalism but it's the favourite spot for protesters of various causes who have a habit of climbing to the top to make their point. It's also been a victim of lightning and pesty pigeons which is why it has to be steam cleaned every now and then. Wish the Royal Navy would employ some snipers 24/7 in honor of him to shoot all the pigeons that crap everywhere as well as the people who feed them.
Written March 9, 2021
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,574 contributions
Tribute to a British Hero
Dec 2020
Nelson's Column is a tribute to Lord Horatio Nelson who was killed in the Battle of Trafalgar which took place in South West Spain.

The column has 4 lions at the base and is located in Trafalgar Square. There are a number of fountains in the square and at Christmas time the square plays host to a Christmas Tree donated by Norway as a reminder of what the British did during the Second World War.

If you want to see Nelson's Column it's easy to get to from various different locations and the nearest Tube station is Charing Cross which is served by the Northern and Bakerloo lines.
Written December 4, 2020
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jeffryb
Keysborough, Australia371 contributions
One of London's landmarks
Sep 2020
Nelson's Column is in the middle of one of London's busiest traffic intersections., Trafalgar Square. The Column is 170 feet (50 metres) tall. Admiral Nelson led the English fleet to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, the Royal Navy's greatest victory By the way, look out for trhe lions at the base of the Column.
Written September 23, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,894 contributions
England's greatest naval victory
Sep 2020
Nelson's Column is in the middle of Trafalgar Square. It is one of London's greatest landmarks. The column is 169 feet (51 meters) tall. Admiral Nelson commanded the fleet that defeated Napoleon's navy at Trafalgar and saved England from invasion. We had a good look at the column when we went to the National Gallery, which is nearby.
Written September 21, 2020
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,092 contributions
Must see attraction
Mar 2020 • Friends
We were on a hop on hop off bus and just had to stop here, the column is the focal point of the square, surrounded by lions, it can be seen from quite a distance.
Written March 15, 2020
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ianinayr
Ayr, UK246 contributions
Large historic square
Mar 2020 • Friends
I have been here many times over many years but spoilsports have banned dipping in the fountains, climbing on the lions and feeding the doos or pigeons.

Written March 14, 2020
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Jo K
Worcester, UK6,227 contributions
Nothing more British
Feb 2020 • Couples
Distance in London is measured by Nelsons column. He has stood watch over London.
Beautiful Feb afternoon for our visit to Trafalgar square. National gallery opposite as well. It's free to get in.
Written February 28, 2020
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