There is a large collection of the gardens and ruined structures in the Residency. It is open on all days and the tickets are as cheap as Rs. 5 to make the entry there. There is a clear display of the historical narrative which tells about the British history in India and particularly the 1857 incident that took place here. There are quite a few things that are still preserved such as church, mosque, school, post office, sheep farm, banquet hall and few houses. The residency compound was built in the year of 1800 by the local Nawab and was meant for the British Residents. The compound witnessed peaceful atmosphere in the coming decades and a number of other buildings were built during that period.
The major turn of events took place in 1857 when the compound was almost destroyed in the attack. The place somehow survived and the remains were well preserved after that. The red brick ruins appear fine today but at that time they witnessed the deaths of dozens of people of both Indians and British personnel. The Residency compound has been preserved as it was at the time of final relief and therefore it speaks the freedom struggle of Indians all by itself. There is also a beautiful museum inside which is opened on all days except Sundays. The museum contains the pictorial narratives of the Nawabs and the various battles and the various events that occurred at that point of time. There is a huge basement downstairs where a large number of British women and children during the siege battle. This again tells the sad story of battle and struggle. There is a cemetery near the church where almost 2000 people were buried, those who were defending the compound. Sir Henry Lawrence was leading the defending security forces and was died during that struggle, is also buried there. The place is really an evidence of historical events and therefore one must visit it to experience the different historical perspective. If you are in Lucknow, this is a must see place and should not be missed.
|Foreign Tourists Fee||Rs.100|
|Timings||All days of the week 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM|