The Garden Guide

Trafalgar Square

This famous London Square was designed by Charles Barry in an Italian phase of the Landscape Style. Effectively, the design of terrace in front of the National Gallery was handled like a Reptonian terrace and the first stage in a landscape transition down Whitehall.

The landscape design of Trafalgar Square was modified in 2002-3, when the north side of the Square was pedestrianised, by making a central flight of steps leading down from the National Gallery to the fountains. The lions which overlook the fountains were designed by Sir Edwin Landseer. It is a popular place for demonstrations. Some 2,000 square metres of turf was laid in Trafalgar Square for 2 days in May 2007 to promote green spaces and villages in London.

Trafalgar Square is on the London Gardens Walk and included in the eBook guide to the London Gardens Walk
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London, Greater London, England, WC2

All year, Daily, Open 24 hours

Entrance free

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