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Address: Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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You can't go into the building. The park is a nice place to relax and enjoy the sun and sea. Don't get the henna I had a really bad reaction

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Angelique T
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nothing could have prepared us for what the house of wonders had in store for us, a rich history of the island and unrivalled architecture makes you appreciate the previous regimes plans for the island irrespective of their deeds.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can't go into the building. The park is a nice place to relax and enjoy the sun and sea. Don't get the henna I had a really bad reaction

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Thank Angelique T
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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70 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As mentioned by others this building is closed for renovations. If you do the Stonetown Town Tour its part of the route so no big deal. It seems to have been an impressive building & according to our Tour Guide was quite something in the past with good views from the top. There does not seem to be any clear... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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39 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

as much as i try to keep some relativity in my travels, and i enjoy going 'off the beaten track', it is hard to understand how this remains an attraction as it is closed to the public for safety reasons and is otherwise just a big old run down house. the history was mildly interesting but keep walking...

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately the site is currently closed for renovation. As we have been informed by our tour guide UNESCO and government of Oman have paid money already however burocracy still did not allow to fix the building. You can still go around the building from outside and as we heard you can bribe the guards to get inside. Such a pity... More 

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Nissan-lez-Enserune, France
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30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

House of Wonders is closed due to a balcony that collapsed and other parts of building are not considered safe. I think it will be closed for at least a year, so if you are booking a tour that includes it, check on status.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Still officially closed for renovations but based on some people seeming to go inside we believe that paying a small bribe to one of the men on the door may gain you access. Building outside is wonderful - a shame it has fallen into such disrepair.

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Durham, North Carolina
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128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A shame, because the building looks impressive and the stories about it feature in any discussion of Stone Town; but, apparently years of neglect have made the structure unsafe and there is no telling if/when the building will re-open.

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Thank Balfour S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Old and not renovated adequately but it seems ok if you put into the context of the town itself. All is well

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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118 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

This attraction was closed to the public and very run down from the outside - certainly seen better days!

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