The Residency Overview

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The Residency was constructed to serve as the residence of the British Resident General who was a representative in the court of Nawab. A group of buildings that were built in 1800 AD by the then Nawab of Awadh, Nawab Saadat Ali Khan, it became famous during the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny. In early June that year, mutineers laid siege on the edifice.

During this time, it provided shelter to nearly all the Europeans who resided in the city of Awadh. The palace served as a safe shelter by holding together during the continuous shelling that lasted for a month. During the siege, it served as a refuge for approximately 3,000 British inhabitants.

Now in ruins, this building has been declared a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. The complex contains the graves of around 2,000 British soldiers who died in the Revolt of 1857.

The tomb of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan, who was the first Nawab of Awadh, is also located in the complex. Kaisarbagh Palace and an observatory built for Colonel Wilcox, who was a British astronomer, are also present within the complex.

In the precincts that is a government office today, there is a museum. In a portion, which was the annexe of the main building, the museum is housed. This portion was earlier used for displaying a model of the complex.

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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Public Holidays:
10:00 AM -5:00 PM

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Parth Sabharwal

Parth Sabharwal2.9/5

380 reviews

It is under archaeological survey of India

This place was built for britishers, even during the envisage around two thousand britishers were killed and buried here. Now this place is under archaeological survey of India.

Vijai Misra

Vijai Misra4.3/5

30 reviews

A historical monument

The place is a part of the history having seen uprising of Indian forces during 1857 mutiny and then recapture by the British forces. Canon and canon balls are kept here. A large No. Of British soldiers are buried in the cemetry here. The place is in a state of neglect.

Beena Warrier

Beena Warrier3.9/5

20 reviews

Must visit monument

The Residency is the place where the uprising of 1857 took place and where several British military officers and their families were massacred. The monument has a museum where the details of the occupants and the mutiny is depicted. There are canons situated in front of the Residency to portray the historical importance of the place. Well-manicured lawns are situated where you can take rest for some time.

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Navneet Sinha

Navneet Sinha3.6/5

86 reviews

One of the Tourist spot of Lucknow!!

It is one of the Tourist spot of Lucknow, it is a old Heritage building with lush green Lawns all around, with Cannons in the courtyard taking you down that old British era, there was this Light and Sound Show depicting the history of the place.

Ajay Maurya

Ajay Maurya3.6/5

1 review

Nice piece of British History

This site is very good, only problem I found was that lot of couples inside this place and in uncompromising positions. I would think taking family there, its very historical place.

Shefali Rattan

Shefali Rattan3.6/5

11 reviews

One of the major tourist attraction in Lucknow

Located near the high court, its not very far from Hazratganj for a nominal entry fee of Rs 5, you would feel that its the Lucknow's lover's paradise. Couples all around with scattered tourist. It showcases the remains of some King' s fort, attack on their place and how this place was used to host Britishers. It has a museum with few pictures and stories. Mostly there are ruins and trees and bushes and couples having a nice and quiet time. There's a graveyard inside and half the structure is unkept. Only the main area and way to museum is well maintained by ASI, good for photography though.

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