Rose Hall Great House and Montego Bay

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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 Stars5Based On 10 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsRose Hall excursionApril 02, 2018

Reviewer: Sherry Acevedo
Had a wonderful time. Tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Lunch was delicious.

5 StarsAmazing DayMarch 01, 2018

Reviewer: Jim and Natasha Nichols
Aneke and J'Noe were the best tour guides we've had in ages. They took time to show us the sights in Montego Bay, took us to a local lunch spot when we asked if that were possible, made time for us to see one of the historic churches and of course, our visit to Rose Hall. They were helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, funny and simply delightful. Many thanks for an amazing tour.

5 StarsPersonal attention and personable staffFebruary 28, 2018

Reviewer: William Morgan
Finding the tour was our only stumbling block as the meeting point is under the tent in the parking lot just outside the cruise area. Guide was interested in her work and in sharing Jamaica with us. Rose Hall is worth a visit and we have not previously had Montego Bay as well explained.

5 StarsScary place! February 03, 2018

Reviewer: PAT GIBSON
The story of Rose Hall is scary and I would never go on one of their night time tours. The reconstruction of the house was excellent since it was just a ruin when the current owners bought it. It does not have elevators so it is definitely not for disabled or those who can't go up stairs. The view from the evil owners bedroom is spectacular.

5 StarsMontgomery Bay & Rose HallJanuary 11, 2018

Reviewer: Bob Good
An excellent tour. We were escorted in a small van to Sites in Montgomery Bay. The information and tour guide were great. They allowed time for some shopping, even made a special stop at the Harley-Davidson store for me. We were give a choice of where we wanted to eat, traditional Jamaican food, or American. We chose tradiontional jerk chicken, and had a wonderful lunch. Rose Hall was very interesting, make sure to pause for a drink at the bar in the basement. Back to the ship in plenty of time. Will book many more tours through this site in the future!

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