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Lubiri Palace

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Address: Mengo, Kampala, Uganda
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the history makes it. cannot go inside.

Worth doling as part of a combined city store. Palace looks inviting from outside but cannot go in. As with most places a guide is expected but without a guide this place would... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Roztoky, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited this place only briefly. The building is pretty African standards. But otherwise uninteresting. The neighborhood is but the quietest place you can find in Kampala. Indeed there anyone you meet. Which makes it unique.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth doling as part of a combined city store. Palace looks inviting from outside but cannot go in. As with most places a guide is expected but without a guide this place would just be looking at a façade. The guide put the history in context and the tragedy of Amin and Obote was apparent in the bunker used by... More 

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Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When You visit the Kabaka's Place and you are told the story of the 1966 attack, and the times Amin used it as a torture Chamber. You will wonder What man kind can be.

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Kampala, Uganda
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

The visit starts with a small disappointment, when you are told you cannot actually go inside the palace that was recently renovated and therefore looks quite stately and inviting. Things moderately improve thereafter. You can walk around the grounds with a guide, who tells you some interesting and some random things about Buganda and Ugandan history. Living in UG for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Lubiri Palace in and of itself is not spectacular. What is fascinating is the story and timeline that goes along with the palace history. The building is not fanastically beautiful or ornate and my understanding is the Bugandan king only occasionally goes there, but has a house elsewhere. The grounds house a population of guards/workers. To get to Idi Amin's... More 

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Thank tent7
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

impresive colonial building that witnesed some of uganda history unfolding.a must for thouse who wants to understand it.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

The Lubiri Palace is a palace belonging to the King of the Buganda, the largest racial grouping in Uganda. The building itself is in a nice setting with the Buganda Parliament at the other end of a 1 mile drive. However, the building is not special (19th Century British colonial style) and you are not allowed in the building. In... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

I was initially disappointed when told we were not allowed to go inside the palace but just walk around the grounds. However our guide was very knowledgeable and brought the place to life with his stories. Seeing one of Idi Amin's torture chambers was gruesome but I feel important to witness first hand.

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Thank Bankcider
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Seemed a bit random what one was able to see...the palace , you only see from the outside at a distance and a few old, destroyed cars. I am not into torture chambers, but basically they were just dark cells. Not worth the time or money to visit.

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Thank Doug & Cecelia G
Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

The palace is a beautiful site and really lovely, ii had a tour and saw a lot of the buganda cultural things and activities while at the tour

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