The Residency, is also known as British Residency and Residency Complex. Residency located in the heart of city in Kaisarbagh. It is about 15 km from airport and 5 km from charbagh railway station. Many tourist and famous places are situated around residency like Shaheed Smarak, Hathi Park, Buddha Park, Indira Gandhi Planetarium, Lalit Kala Academy, Hotel Clerk, Kaisarbagh Bus Station and High Court.
Built between 1780 to 1800 AD for the British Resident by fifth Nawab of the Awadh province, Nawab Saadat Ali Khan II. This group of buildings became the stage for the most dramatic events of the 1857 Mutiny, known as "Siege of Lucknow". This prolonged battle made the Residency ruin. There is cemetery near by with graves of 2000 men, women and children those who suffered in the mutiny, including that of Sir Henry Lawrence who died during the siege. This battle began on 1 July and continued until 17 November.
There is a model room in the main Residency building which is worth visiting and a small museum on the ground floor. Museum has collection of the then photographs, sketches, model of the buildings, paintings, lithographs and documents. Some cannons, guns, swords, shields, muskets, badges, medals are also included in the collection of museum.
Dr. Fayrer's House
It was named after Dr. Fayrer who was residency surgeon during the siege Sir Hennry Lawrence was shifted to this building after being mortally wounded on 2nd July who succumbed to his injuries on 4th July 1857.
It originally belonged to nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula and subsequently was sold to some Europeans who ran a business in European goods. Later on, it was occupied by Vilayalti Mahal Makhdarah Aliya, the begum of Nasir-Ud-Din Haider. After her death her step-sister Sharfunnisa had built an Imambara and a mosque at this place in a traditional architectural style of Avadh unlike other buildings of the residency, remains of which are available.
Travel Information :
Location : Around 2 kilometer from Hazratganj towards west, infront of Shaheed Smarak
Entry Timing : From sun rise to sun set (Monday close)
Museum Timing : 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Residency Entrance Ticket : Rs.5/- per person Indian, Rs.100/- or US$ 2 per person for foreign visitor (Child entry below 15 years is free)
Museum Entrance Ticket : Rs.5/- per person for Indian and foreign visitor (Child entry below 15 years is free)
Video Photography Fee : Rs. 25/- per camera
Type of Area : Protected Monument & Garden of Archaeological Survey of India
Availability of Parking : Yes
Availability of Wash Room : Yes
Near by Places : Distance wise from Residency
Begam Hazrat Mahal Park - 1 km east
Shaheed Smarak - 50 mt south
Indira Gandhi Planetarium - 2 km west
Hathi Park - 2 km west
Buddha Park - 2.5 km west
Bara Imambara - 3.5 km west
Rumi Darwaza - 3.5 km west
Neembu Park - 3.5 km west
Ghanta Ghar - 4 km west
Chhota Imambara - 4.5 km west