Nelson's Column
Nelson's Column
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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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About
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
Neighbourhood: 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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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,691 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Heart of Trafalgar Square
    Trafalgar Square is a must see in London and at is heart is a column with the most important naval hero in British History, Admiral Nelson, for the Battle of Trafalgar. The column and surrounding statues dominate the open space. It is a great open space in the city where there are always people congregating.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 27 May 2023
  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan7,269 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A London Icon!
    This column is one of the most iconic landmarks of London. You can see it in the Trafalgar Square. It is a 169 feet high structure which was built in 1843. It honours Admiral Horatio Nelson who was the hero of the Battle of Trafalgar. This monument was designed by William Railton. The statue of Nelson, who died in this battle, is made out of Craigleith Sandstone. It stands on a Corinthian Column. I feel that Nelson appears to be looking towards the Admiralty Building in Whitehall. The column is made of Dartmoor Granite. Do not miss the reliefs on the base, which are made out of French and Spanish canons captured during this battle. They depict four of Nelson’s most famous battles. Four grand bronze lions, created by Edwin Landseer, were added to the base in 1867. I really like the look of this column.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 July 2023
  • AlexanderD
    Jackson, New Jersey5,612 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pause and Enjoy
    We stopped to admire this landmark after enjoying the national gallery. My daughter posed on it when she was six. Now she is fourteen and she posed again. Seriously, though. It is a fitting monument to man whose victory at Trafalgar off the coast of Spain thwarted a potential invasion of England by Napoleon.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
PROS
* Impressive majestic column and statue, surrounded by other historical remembrances
* The central point of Trafalgar Square

CONS
* It is too tall so it is difficult to admire the sculpture of the statue
* It attracts pigeon birds
* It is crowded with tourists

“I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
… on my way to the outstanding National Gallery.

I admired the column, looked up at the statue, studying the lion sculptures and plaques and photographed the tourists also.

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
It is free

WOULD “I VISIT THIS PLACE” AGAIN?
Sure – and again, on my way to my next visit of the National Gallery.

ADVICE
* It is important to visit and see this important national and historical monument
* Beware of crowds and birds

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Written 7 February 2024
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland29,768 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Nelson’s Column is in the West End of london and stand as one of the tallest monuments in the city. It’s very impressive and hard to miss!
Written 25 October 2023
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AlexanderD
Jackson, NJ5,612 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We stopped to admire this landmark after enjoying the national gallery. My daughter posed on it when she was six. Now she is fourteen and she posed again.

Seriously, though. It is a fitting monument to man whose victory at Trafalgar off the coast of Spain thwarted a potential invasion of England by Napoleon.
Written 18 August 2023
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan7,269 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
This column is one of the most iconic landmarks of London. You can see it in the Trafalgar Square. It is a 169 feet high structure which was built in 1843. It honours
Admiral Horatio Nelson who was the hero of the Battle of Trafalgar. This monument was designed by William Railton. The statue of Nelson, who died in this battle, is made out of Craigleith Sandstone. It stands on a Corinthian Column. I feel that Nelson appears to be looking towards the Admiralty Building in Whitehall. The column is made of Dartmoor Granite. Do not miss the reliefs on the base, which are made out of French and Spanish canons captured during this battle. They depict four of Nelson’s most famous battles. Four grand bronze lions, created by Edwin Landseer, were added to the base in 1867. I really like the look of this column.
Written 13 July 2023
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,691 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Trafalgar Square is a must see in London and at is heart is a column with the most important naval hero in British History, Admiral Nelson, for the Battle of Trafalgar. The column and surrounding statues dominate the open space. It is a great open space in the city where there are always people congregating.
Written 27 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Bon viveur
London, UK2,297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
I must have passed this London icon over a thousand times. This week, in bright blue skies, I took the time to really look and admire it. The lions at the base are majestic and the column sits magnificently in Trafalgar Square, flanked by wonderful galleries and pointing towards Westminster or Buckingham Palace.
Written 12 February 2023
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Jo K
Worcester, UK8,802 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
December 2022 visit to Trafalgar Square. Lovely Xmas market in front of the national gallery as well. We were really lucky 🍀 with the weather on our visit.
Written 9 December 2022
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA20,170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Business
This is a cool statue. It’s in the middle of the square in front of a lot of large buildings. It’s a crowded area and gives a lot of picture chances. It’s for the famous admiral lord Nelson who died in battle near Gibraltar.
Written 11 November 2022
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,056 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This column topped by a statue of Admiral Nelson stands next to the traffic circle that is Trafalgar Square. The monument commemorates his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.
Written 6 October 2022
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Ben
Taby, Sweden1,486 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Business
During my evening walk I passed this famous place! Of course, I’ll have to take a picture or two of this one! Read the history and you’ll understand! 💪😉
Written 12 August 2022
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