Rose Hall Great House and Montego Bay

Rose Hall Great House and Montego Bay
Price: $89.00
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Summary
Shore Excursion SizeStandard
Shore Excursion TypeCultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration6 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
Shore Excursion Leaves FromCruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage ProvidedNone
Recommended DressComfortable, seasonal clothing and good walking shoes, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
RestrictionsGuests must be able to get in and out of vehicle. Must be able to walk to tour sites. Not wheelchair accessible.
Tour Details

Rose Hall Great House and Montego Bay

Climb inside your comfortable tour van and head to Rose Hall Great House to tour the home 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."

Learn 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 vagrants and drunks. While here, browse the shops and pick up a souvenir or two.

Continue to the town of Montego Bay and learn the stories and secrets beginning with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494. Hear 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 vagrants and drunks. Stop at St. James Parish church to see 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.

Complete your tour with a quick dip in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea before your return to the Port of Falmouth ($6 beach entrance fee). If you love history, this is the tour for you.

Please Note: Cameras are not allowed inside Rose Hall Great House. Remember your swimsuit, sunscreen and a beach towel.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
6 Hours
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
None
Recommended Dress
Comfortable, seasonal clothing and good walking shoes, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to get in and out of vehicle. Must be able to walk to tour sites. Not wheelchair accessible.
5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  20 ReviewsReview This Tour
Rose Hall Great House and Montego Bay
November 11, 2019
Great tour, long enough
Reviewer: Dominique Beaulieu
5 Stars
FANTASTIC!
June 13, 2019
We got SO much more than we thought we were going to get on this tour. I figured we'd go to the house, do the tour, and go back to port. They took us all through Montego Bay and we visited a church and a boutique hotel with beautiful views of the Bay. Our driver and our guide were extremely gracious hosts - funny, engaging, knowledgeable. I really could not have been more pleased with this excursion...and for a great price too!
Reviewer: Coleen Kennedy
5 Stars
Super fun
February 27, 2019
We enjoyed the tour, it was informative and very exciting. There was so much to see and learn. We felt we had a good respentation of the area of Jamaica. Our guides were very informative. Highly encourage it.
Reviewer: Jane
5 Stars
Outstanding tour
February 13, 2019
Everything was great. There were some older folks on the tour and the driver and guide did an incredible job of helping these folks and making sure they had a good experience.
Reviewer: Charles Goodwin
5 Stars
Rose Hall Great House and Montego Bay
February 07, 2019
Jodi and Jerry were great on this tour! They were very informative, very friendly, very knowledgeable, and easy to talk to! The tour was good, and sights were wonderful!
Reviewer: Janice and Scott Withee
4 Stars
Wonderful tour
January 09, 2019
We were delighted with this tour! We learned so much and enjoyed see the beautiful overlooks to the water! The guides were informative and vey nice!
Reviewer: Kari Williams
5 Stars