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Rose Hall Great House and Highlights

Price: $89.00
Children ages 2 and younger may attend free of charge but must be accounted for.
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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, where you will head to your first stop of the tour--the beautiful Montego Bay Cultural Center, which is a museum and art gallery. This cultural center traces the history of the city from the Arawak era to the present. You'll learn about Montego Bay's early days as a sugarcane port. You may even have the opportunity to sample some sugar cane. You'll get the chance to 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. After visiting the museum, you'll be treated to a Jamaican beef patty--a local snack, which is a flaky pastry shell filled with seasoned meat.

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).

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
6 Hours
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Jamaican patty, sugar cane, bottle of water
Recommended Dress
Comfortable, seasonal clothing and good walking shoes, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
Guests must be able to get in and out of vehicle. Must be able to walk to tour sites. Not wheelchair accessible. Children ages 2 and younger may attend free of charge but must be accounted for.
5 Stars5Based On 5 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsGreat tourMay 01, 2019

Reviewer: Svetlana Lomakina de Leiva
We visited Jamaica at 25-03-2019 with Pulmanntour cruise line and choosed this excursion. Awesome time in Montego bay. Very informative tour guide Kumone and very helpful our driver Patrick, very good persons.

5 StarsExcellent Tour and DriverFebruary 14, 2019

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.

5 StarsGreat tour, very patient as we took our time.August 20, 2018

Reviewer: kevin
Awesome time. Very informative tour guide and they will let you tour at your own pace.

5 StarsBeautiful manor house!March 14, 2018

Reviewer: Cat
Enjoyed the tour very much! Saw a Dr. Bird, a Mongoose and enjoyed the house tour!

5 StarsRose Hill Great HouseApril 25, 2017

Reviewer: Betty Fulton
My second time to visit The great house..Wonderful experience..I highly recommend this excursion.

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