London, England

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, the iconic national landmark has been strongly associated with art, history, national pride, democracy, freedom and even Christmas.

Though the site has been in existence since the 13th century, the Square as we see it was opened to the public in May 1844. It was named to commemorate British victory at the Battle of Trafalgar under the command of Lord Nelson.

Today, it attracts millions of tourists all year round but especially in December when a brightly-lit Christmas tree takes center stage.

Art and History at the Square

The Square is centered around the towering Nelson Column guarded by four magnificent bronze lions. Two soothing fountains on either side of the Column feature mermaids and dolphins. The Square also boasts of several statues and busts of kings and great leaders.

Amenities in the Square

After all the basking in the English sun, if you feel a craving for a cuppa or just a bite, there is a Café on the Square (usually open 10am to 6pm). Uniformed Heritage Wardens are available 24 x 7 to guide you and assist in any way they can.

By the way, don’t expect to feed pigeons here. As of 2003, it is a banned activity (although many people still do).