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Nelson's Column

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Address: Trafalgar Square, London, England

Ranked as one of London's greatest landmarks, this 185-foot high monument...

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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Large column found in Trafalgar Square

We stopped for a look at the column with a statue of Lord Nelson on top of it. Interesting area that is popular with tourists.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I really felt I was finally in London when I got to Trafalger Square and saw Nelson's Column. This is just such a wonderful space flanked by the National Gallery and St Martins in the field. The fountain and stautues are just so wonderful! Just go and see for yourself!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped for a look at the column with a statue of Lord Nelson on top of it. Interesting area that is popular with tourists.

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What can you say about a column with a statue on top? Not the greatest attraction by itself, but this one is located in Trafalgar Square, an area with much to do within walking distance. Don't make a trip just for the column. Saunter through the Square, glance at Nelson, and then go find something better to do nearby. Watching... More 

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Burnaby, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It took 3 years to build a huge pillar to honour Admiral Horatio Nelson. In 1843, they finally finished it. And now, there it is. The lions are impressive but from up close, that’s about it. Definitely to be seen from a distance.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is worth coming to check out whilst you are at Trafalgar Square. It is unmissable but stop and take a look at the statue.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

This is one of the greatest statues that one would find anywhere in the world & that is so iconic This is the pinnacle of Trafalgar Square that itself has so many other structures

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Everyone will recognise the column, and will know who is at the top of it. However, few will actually take a good look at the statue itself - buy a pair of cheap binoculars and really look - the detail is good, and worth having a better look.

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La Coruna, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Get around Trafalgar Square and Nelson´s column, visit the museums, mix with the tourists... Check the area, not only the column, worth a visit!

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Nice place to see and be seen, an art musuem, near the palace, metro station at the bottom, nice warm sunshine is the final one on the list to complete the visit

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Its a part of the famous Trafalgar Square.. So nice and lovely beautiful architecture within the square..

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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.
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