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 Parliament is held twice a month on Monday mornings, though it is conducted in Lugandan. Buy your ticket at the adjacent Buganda Tourism Centre which also sells bark-cloth clothing and books on Bugandan culture.

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1. Namirembe Cathedral

0.36 MILES

This huge domed Anglican cathedral, finished in 1919, has a distinct Mediterranean feel. In years past the congregation was called to worship by the…

2. Uganda Art Gallery

0.47 MILES

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

3. Rubaga Cathedral

0.75 MILES

This twin-towered Roman Catholic cathedral has a memorial to the Uganda Martyrs, with 22 Catholic victims (later declared saints) enshrined in the stained…

4. 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…

5. Mengo Palace

0.95 MILES

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…

6. Kasubi Tombs

1.38 MILES

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…

7. Kampala Hindu Temple

1.41 MILES

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

8. 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…