Trafalgar Square is located in the heart of London. It has become a major tourist attraction because of its rich history. It is not wrong in saying that a visit to London is incomplete without exploring Trafalgar Square.
The square is home to several important statues and historic features including Nelson’s column. Nelson’s column stands in the center with four lion statues guarding it. The Square's statues and sculptures are mainly featured with a fourth plinth displaying contemporary art pieces which are inter-changeable. Trafalgar Square is also a common site for political demonstrations.
Trafalgar Square is a huge circular plaza surrounded by roadways on three sides and the National Gallery. Initially it was a one way traffic system so that traffic was avoided by pedestrians through underpasses attached to Charing Cross tube station. Now a new traffic system has been introduced.
Additionally Trafalgar Square creates a platform for new upcoming artistic performances and events.
Trafalgar's central position makes it easily accessible. You can visit the site by car, by tube or bus.
(Bakerloo line via the London Underground, marked as brown on the tube map)
Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines) is the closest tube station for visiting Trafalgar Square. Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines), Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines) and Embankment (Bakerloo, Northern, district and Circle lines) are all within a few minutes walking distance.
Charing Cross mainline railway station is approximately a three minute walk from Trafalgar Square.
Bus route frequencies- 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453 buses go past Trafalgar Square.
Routes 22 and 94 terminate nearby at Piccadilly Circus. Many London's night buses also provide Trafalgar Square transport service.
Start/end routes near the square: 53, N2, N5, N18, N20, N21, N26, N29, N41, N47, N50, N89, N91, N97, N279, and N381. Go past routes the square: 6, 12, 23, 24, 88, 139, 176 and 453, N3, N9, N11, N13, N15, N36, N44, N52, N77, N155, N159, and N343.
Hotels nearby the square can provide the best views and an ideal location for getting about. Some are mentioned below with their distance from the square.
Club Quarters Trafalgar Square (0.1km), Thistle Charing Cross (0.1km), Thistle Trafalgar Square (0.2km), Citadines Apart hotel Trafalgar (0.2km), Radisson Edwardian Hampshire (0.3km), St Martins Lane (0.3km), Thistle Piccadilly (0.3km), Thistle Royal Horse guards (0.3km), The Cavendish London (0.4km), Strand Palace Hotel (0.4km), Piccadilly Hotel (0.5km), Best Western Premier Shaftesbury Hotel (0.5km), Dukes Hotel (0.5km), Ritz Hotel (0.5km), Swissotel The Howard London (0.6km), The Park Lane Hotel (0.6km), May Fair Hotel (0.6km), The Waldorf Hilton (0.6km), The Chesterfield Mayfair (0.7km), Hazlitts (0.7km).
Trafalgar Square provides various facilities so that visitors do not face any difficulties whilst appreciating the delights of the square.
The Café is situated at the bottom of the central staircase. It is located at the right side when you face the National gallery. The wheelchair access of the Café is available through the lifts near the north terrace having a low level counter and indication loop. Visit the Café on the square and really enjoy the true taste of London cuisine. Hand-made food and beverages prepared freshly from natural ingredients add more taste to the dishes. Local sourced food and preparation is a warm invitation to the tourists wandering the square. It is open seven days a week from 10 am to 6 pm. The Café provides all your daily requirements with a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, including a licensed bar and lavish seasonal treats.
Public toilets are situated on the west side of the square and at the base of the central staircase. They are accessible by lift from the north terrace and are open for 12 hours i.e. from 8am to 8pm.
Avoid climbing into the fountains and on the lions for better safety. Also do not feed the pigeons as that is strictly prohibited on the square.
It is not a problem if you are not familiar with the square's monuments. Trafalgar Square’s Heritage Wardens are always ready to help visitors and provide information on attractions and the facilities on the square.