Rose Hall Great House and Highlights
The fun starts as you leave the cruise ship port in an air-conditioned vehicle to spend the day in Montego Bay, the tourism capital of Jamaica and the second largest city on the island. Discover the city through the lens of history beginning with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494. Hear stories about Montego Bay's early days as a sugarcane port as well as its darker days of slavery.
Head to the heart of the city and stand on the cobblestone streets of Sam Sharpe Square, named after a national hero who was hanged for leading the revolt against slavery in 1832. While in the main square you will see other notable spots such as the civic center and the National Heroes Monument. Amid the colorful Georgian-style buildings you will find the Cage, a small stone structure that was once used as an overnight jail for drunks and vagrants. Stop at St. James Parish church and gaze up at the elaborate stained glass window installed in 1911. This 200-year-old church is laid out in the shape of the classic Greek cross and is surrounded by centuries-old tombstones. Continue to Richmond Hill, a property once owned by the Dewar family of Scotch whiskey fame. Stand on its terraces 500 feet above sea level and enjoy panoramic views of the city below.
Continue to Rose Hall Great House and tour the house and gardens as you learn about the slaves and its infamous owner, Annie Palmer. Legend has it she lived here in the early 19th century and killed three husbands as well as several male slaves she took as lovers before she herself was murdered by one of her slaves. Locals dubbed her the White Witch of Rose Hall as it is said her ghost can be seen in the upstairs portion of the house. Her legend lives on in the Johnny Cash recording"The Ballad of Annie Palmer."
Please Note: Your 6-hour tour includes the entrance fee to Rose Hall Great House and there will be time for some brief shopping at duty-free and craft areas. Cameras are not allowed in the Rose Hall Great House. You have the option to stop at Margaritaville Restaurant or the beach on your way back to port ($6USD beach entrance fee).
Reviewer: Julie Carroccia
We visited Jamaica on Feb. 13 and did the Rose Hall Great House Tour and saw highlights in Montego Bay. Our driver, Jerry, kept us very safe and comfortable in this beautiful country. The views from the Great House were outstanding. I had not visited Jamaica for over 30 years and have to say he made the day special for my sister and me.
Awesome time. Very informative tour guide and they will let you tour at your own pace.
Enjoyed the tour very much! Saw a Dr. Bird, a Mongoose and enjoyed the house tour!
Reviewer: Betty Fulton
My second time to visit The great house..Wonderful experience..I highly recommend this excursion.