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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 14 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsGreat experienceNovember 13, 2018

Reviewer: Patsy Shero
This was a fun excursion. We enjoyed seeing the two "great houses" we got to visit. Was a bit surprised that we had to pay an entrance fee at the first one; usually ticket prices are all-inclusive. We had not been told differently. But it was not expensive, and we did enjoy the view of Montego Bay. Loved Rose Hall. Very interesting - and a bit ghoulish! Our tour guide was very nice and knowledgable.

5 StarsGreat experienceNovember 13, 2018

Reviewer: Patsy Shero
This was a fun excursion. We enjoyed seeing the two "great houses" we got to visit. Was a bit surprised that we had to pay an entrance fee at the first one; usually ticket prices are all-inclusive. We had not been told differently. But it was not expensive, and we did enjoy the view of Montego Bay. Loved Rose Hall. Very interesting - and a bit ghoulish! Our tour guide was very nice and knowledgable.

5 StarsRose Hall Montego BayJuly 30, 2018

Reviewer: Lora Cotton
My husband and I really enjoyed the legend of Rose Hall mansion. The guide was very knowledgeable of the history and told the story with great pride. St the end of the tour by the tomb she song the Ballard that was written about the mistress of the manor. I recommend this tour to everyone. Hey

5 Starsexclusion tourMay 24, 2018

Reviewer: J,Ruiz
I was just there and it was wonderful and like the Hospitalitee.bus diver and tour guy Carlos and juon are very helpful and on point on what they do

5 StarsRose Hall excursionApril 02, 2018

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

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