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“Interesting for a history of 20th Century Uganda”
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Lubiri Palace
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Ranked #11 of 61 things to do in Kampala
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Interesting for a history of 20th Century Uganda”
Reviewed 12 March 2014

Sadly you can't go inside the palace - the tour consists of a walk around the grounds, and in to Idi Amin's infamous 'torture chambers' which are as unsettling as you'd expect. The guide gave us a great insight in to the ups and downs of Ugandan history and politics since independence, and I learnt a lot. The tour cost 10,000Ush and lasted about 40 minutes. At the end of the tour the guides tried to sell us various artworks they had produced, which you can't blame them for, but they were asking for really inflated prices for things that you can find cheaper at the local craft markets so be warned. Worth a visit for a quick potted modern history of Uganda.

Visited October 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2013

Stopped here as part of a bode bode tour. 5$ per person. Interesting to see the Amin torture chamber and the setting of the palace is beautiful. the rest is run down and filthy.

Visited November 2013
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Great place when something is taking place!”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

I was here at the Tourism Expo and at the same time celebrating the 20 years of come back of the King. Great timing. I think that it would be rather boring if there was no happening. Didn't see much of the palace though. So definitely fun if something is taking place, dress up like a Ugandan (cover your knees with a blanket), they love it! Oh otherwise you wouldn't be allowed to enter though ;-)

Visited August 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“In Ruins”
Reviewed 25 August 2013 via mobile

It's interesting to learn that the Kabaka lives in a 'birdsnest' instead of this magnificent palace.
The palace sits on 64 acres of land and surrounded by an ancient red brick wall. Apparently,the wall was built on orders of king Mwanga ,infamously known for executing early Christians. Though the main house looks fab the surroundings looks unpleasant due to poor maintenance and neglect.

Visited August 2013
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“Great view, interesting history”
Reviewed 20 August 2013 via mobile

Known as the Buganda royal palace, it's a nice place where with a guide you will learn a lot about Buganda and local history. The guides are friendly and know their stuff. The tour also takes you down (5 min walk) to Idi Amins 'torture chamber' with more interesting history, although horrible. This place is also great for pictures, they have old cars, sell local art and crafts and locals live, play and smile around here.

Visited May 2013
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