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British Residency

Near High Court, Lucknow, India
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Ranked #4 of 61 attractions in Lucknow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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New Delhi, India
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Visiting the 'Residency' in Lucknow is equal to time travel. The ruins are almost kept intact from the the times of 1857, with the mark of cannon shots and even a wall with the cannon ball still lodged in it. Those with some knowledge of Indian history would absolutely love it, even though the museum could do with some maintenance.... More

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

We visited the Residency wanting to get an important slice of history, but came away disgusted with the total sight of neglect. The sight is not well-maintained, poorly marked and just seems to be the local hangout of some couples and young boys. What is worth mentioning is that the original bullet and canon marks are still visible. Overall, left... More

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Senior Contributor
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Good to see, given its historical significance. The entrance to the museum was chaotic - camera was taken away.

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Lucknow, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

As another reviewer stated, the Residency has been excellently maintained in the state is was during the siege. But besides the obvious beauty and aura of the area, it brings home the mindset of the Colonial British at the time. The obvious palatial splendour that was the Britishers idea of their right (and yes they did a lot for the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Luckily the residency has been left in the condition it was during the siege. Nothing has been restored which is a good thing as then you can understand what violence took place. There is also a good museum charting the history. All in all a great visit.

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Lucknow, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Another one of the landmark places in Lucknow, the remains of the Lucknow residency are protected by the Archaeological survey of India. There's a nice museum inside that gives one interesting insights into Oudh history. Again, the winter season is the best time to visit, because summers will be really, really hot and most of what you have to see... More

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Lucknow, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is one of the most enchanting places for a history lover like me. After reading so much about the Sepoy Mutiny or the freedom fight of the year 1857, its a real treat to visit this place. The ASI has done decent work here in terms of the upkeep of the place and the entire area has sign boards... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The British residency is a beautiful place well maintained. The old buildings have been preserved quite well and one can move around without a guide as well as there are labels and sign placed at appropriate places. The walls still boast of bullet holes and cannon ball holes. The museum inside the residency has a lot of old photos and... More

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Toronto, Canada
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We visited the British Residency during our three-week tour of northern India in 2011. The Residency is a window to Lucknow's past. The park surrounding the building is peaceful and a nice place to come and relax. It is hard to believe that one of the bloodiest siege's in India's past occurred at this spot. The curators of this site... More

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Lucknow, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Walls shot with hundreds and thousands of bullet marks, speak the story of the British era. It's eerie to see these and makes us realize the past realities. It is less visited (undeservedly ignored by most visitors and locals) and has turned into a safe haven for love birds. Though it is well maintained, the couples hanging out cooing in... More

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