Trafalgar Square is one of the most renowned squares in England
Located in central London, Trafalgar Square is a popular tourist attraction in it's own right. It is a popular social gathering place for Londoners and has served as a location for the filming of many popular movies.
This large square, which was first built in 1845, is named after the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar. The square is surrounded on three sides by roadways with the entrance to the National Gallery closing in the fourth side. Located in the center, is a commemorative column topped by a statue of Admiral Nelson who died in the Battle of Trafalgar. There are four lion statues that guard the base of Nelson's Column. Two large fountains are located in the area between Nelson's Column and the National Gallery. These fountains are lit up at night, most recently with new LED lighting.
A passage from Charing Cross Train and Tube Station leads directly to the square. When you first come up from the Underground you will be immediately immersed by the grandeur of the square and the surrounding area. You will feel very much in London. Trafalgar Square is an ideal place from which to start a walking tour of Central London. There are many other attractions within easy walking distance of this Central location. These include: the National Gallery, the Horse Guards Building and Parade, Saint James's Park, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.