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Nelson's Column

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Address: Trafalgar Square, London, England
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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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Nelson' column

It was a great day to visit the column. Weather was perfect, despite it was around the time when the attach near the Big ban took place. Happy i left quite some moments before... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Drogheda, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A hub for tourists with lots to see and do locally. Great museums, restaurants and local history. Easy to walk around and enjoy any time of the day.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a great day to visit the column. Weather was perfect, despite it was around the time when the attach near the Big ban took place. Happy i left quite some moments before! 😒😏

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This statue on top of this column is synonymous of Trafalgar Square and every visitor to London will undoubtedly know about Admiral Lord Nelson being one of the Greatest of Britains Naval Heroes and at the Famous battle of Trafalgar from which the square is actually named This column is a fear of engineering and is such a centrepiece to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth a definite visit and great photo spot - interesting to just sit and watch the local passer byers

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit when your in London does get busy in the summer but is a great visit normally with a buzz feel in the area

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have not visited Nelson's Column for many years but always feel I have been to London if I see it. Has certainly been cleaned up since my last visit with very few pigeons now in attendance since feeding them is now prohibited. Great place to just sit and people watch as numerous photographs are being taken. Great to see a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2017

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 9 February 2017

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

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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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.
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