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National Gallery

Trafalgar Square

Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore the Trafalgar Square district with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Trafalgar Square's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Trafalgar Square is in the City of Westminster, at the heart of London. One of the most vibrant open spaces you'll find, it is home to artists, demonstrations, and national celebrations. Rich in history it is bounded by magnificent art galleries, an ancient historic church and Admiralty Arch. You'll also experience historic St James's Square, Jermyn Street famous for its shirtmakers and tailors, as well as Pall Mall and The Mall - and not forgetting Buckingham Palace, home to the Queen.

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Curious About... Trafalgar Square

  • An exploration of the Trafalgar Square district with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the town's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Trafalgar Square in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the town - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. St James's Square to Trafalgar Square - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
From the elegance of a famous London Square, home now to many powerful companies, you pass along Jermyn Street – a street for gentlemen looking for exclusive shirts, shoes, cigars and haircuts. Walk down a typical arcade with quirky shops and busy people. Along Pall Mall with its gentlemen’s clubs, before opening out onto Trafalgar Square, the centre of London, bustling with tourists immersed in history.
1.5 hoursOK

2. Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
From the excited tourists at the foot of Nelson’s Column you pass under Admiralty Arch and into the peaceful haven of The Mall. Horse Guards Parade initially to the left, followed by St James’s Park, and elegant but imposing buildings to the right. Divert next along streets from bygone times, before returning to the Mall with Green Park to the right, and the regal splendour and attraction of Buckingham Palace, straight ahead.
1 hourNot Suitable

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the town and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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Downloads
You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

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Latest Revision : May 2021


Trafalgar Square

Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail