Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Kampala

Mengo Palace

Built in 1922, this small palace is the former home of the king of Buganda, though it has remained empty since 1966 when Prime Minister Milton Obote ordered a dramatic attack to oust Kabaka Mutesa II, then...

Cultural Centre in Kampala

32° East Ugandan Arts Trust

This centre for Ugandan contemporary artists includes exhibit space, a library, workspace and resource centre. It is in the process of moving to a nearby space; keep an eye out for upcoming events on its website,...

Mausoleum in Kampala

Kasubi Tombs

The Unesco World Heritage–listed Kasubi Tombs are of great significance to the Buganda kingdom as the burial place of its kings and royal family. The huge thatched-roof palace was originally built in 1882 as the...

Gallery in Kampala

Afriart Gallery

This classy little gallery features works by serious local artists. Downstairs has changing monthly exhibits, while upstairs is a permanent collection, but everything is for sale.

Gallery in Kampala

Makerere Art Gallery

Small, but definitely worth a visit, with fascinating monthly exhibitions; check the website for events. There are also some cool sculptures on the grounds.

Temple in Kampala

Kampala Hindu Temple

Right in the city centre, this temple has elaborate towers and a swastika-emblazoned gate. Peek inside to see the unexpected dome.

Notable Building in Kampala

Parliament House

Open to the public, a visit to parliament is an interesting way to spend an hour or two. You can either tour the building or see the government in action – during sitting weeks, parliament operates from 2.30pm...

Historic Site in Kampala

Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine

Located in Namugongo, this shrine marks the spot where Kabaka Mwanga II ordered the execution of 14 Catholics who refused to denounce their faith, including church leader Charles Lwanga who was burnt alive on or...

Museum in Kampala

Uganda Museum

There’s plenty to interest you here with a varied and well-captioned ethnographic collection covering clothing, hunting, agriculture, medicine, religion and recreation, as well as archaeological and...

Notable Building in Kampala

Bulange Royal Building

A great place to learn about the history and culture of the Buganda Kingdom; guided tours take you inside the parliament building, providing interesting stories and details about the 56 different clans. Buganda...

Mosque in Kampala

National Mosque

One of Kampala's premier sights, the prominent National Mosque (widely known as the Gadaffi Mosque) was begun by Idi Amin in 1972 but only completed in 2007 with a donation from Colonel Gadaffi. The hour-long...

Church in Kampala

Rubaga Cathedral

This twin-towered Roman Catholic cathedral has a memorial to the Uganda Martyrs, with 22 Catholic victims (later declared saints) enshrined in the stained-glass windows. They were among other Ugandan Christians...

Church in Kampala

Namirembe Cathedral

This huge domed Anglican cathedral, finished in 1919, has a distinct Mediterranean feel. In years past the congregation was called to worship by the beating of enormous drums, which can still be seen in a little...

Gallery in Kampala

AKA Gallery at Tulifanya

Formerly known as Tulifanya, this well-established gallery has knowledgeable owners who can inform you about artists who matter. It features a notable Geoffrey Mukasa collection.

Gallery in Kampala

Uganda Art Gallery

Just down from Namirembe Cathedral, this small-scale gallery sells quality paintings by local artists at affordable prices.

Historic Site in Kampala

Wamala Tombs

A low-key Buganda royal site, Wamala Tombs is 11km north of Kasub. Arrange a guided visit at Kasubi Tombs.

Gallery in Kampala

Karibu Art Gallery

An artist-run gallery and studio featuring emerging and established Ugandan abstract and contemporary artists.

Gallery in Kampala

Umoja Art Gallery

A small contemporary gallery featuring Ugandan paintings and abstract sculptures in monthly shows.

Gallery in Kampala

Nommo Gallery

Established by the Ugandan Culture Centre in 1964, Nommo is a reliable spot for quality artwork.

Historic Site in Kampala

Katereke Prison Ditch

Located on the outskirts of town, royal prisoners were starved in the prison ditch during the upheavals of 1888–89. Kabaka Kalema killed 30 of his brothers and sisters here in 1889 in his quest to keep control of...