Rose Hall Great House Tours

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The Rose Hall Great House is a grand estate built in the late 18th century in Montego Bay, Jamaica. One of the area’s most popular historic attractions, the Georgian mansion is the centerpiece of a 650-acre (263-hectare) plantation that is most notable for its famous occupant, Annie Palmer—better known as the White Witch of Rose Hall.

The Basics
The greatest of Jamaican great houses sits high on a hill with views of Montego Bay and beyond, serving as a testament to the wealth, pomp, and grandeur of plantation-era Jamaica. Learn about Rose Hall’s slave history while taking in its antique splendor and original fittings, originally built by owner John Palmer and restored in the 1960s. 

While daytime tours of Rose Hall Plantation focus on plantation history and historic insight into Jamaica’s era of slavery, night tours recount eerie tales and chilling stories involving murder, ghost sightings, and countless lovers. Said to have dabbled in black magic, Annie Palmer allegedly poisoned three husbands while living there, and her activities are the crux of the haunted night tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as plantation tours involve lots of walking and stairs.
  • Children under 4 years old enter free of charge; kids aged 4 to 11 years old get half-price admission.
  • No photos or videos are allowed inside the house.
  • Tours are not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.

How to Get There
Rose Hall Great House is located off the A1 on Rose Hall Road. Some tours include transportation from downtown Montego Bay; if you’re driving, you can park on the property.

When to Get There
The plantation is open during the day for tours from 9am to 5pm. Great House night tours focusing on Annie Palmer take place after 6:30pm.

The Legend of Annie Palmer
Stories allege that, after the murder of her three husbands, Annie Palmer routinely took slave lovers and had them killed when she grew tired of them. Allegedly a vengeful slave smothered her to death with a pillow in her bed in the 1830s. Musician Johnny Cash recorded a song about the legend, “The Ballad of Annie Palmer.” If you need to steady your nerves and quell your goose bumps after a candlelit night tour, the on-site Annie’s Pub serves up the famous rum cocktail Witches’ Brew.
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Address: Rose Hall, Jamaica
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Rose Hall Great House & Garden Tour

Take a deep dive into Jamaica's history with this tour of the Rose Hall Great House and gardens. Buy your tickets for this popular tour ahead of time to avoid sold-out days and vacation disappointment. Tours run throughout the day and will enlighten travelers about the colonial history of the Caribbean, the native flora and fauna in the gardens, and the ghostly tale of resident Annee Palmer, the White Witch of Rose Hall.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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US$20,00
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  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Jamaica Super Saver: Montego Bay and Rose Hall Tour plus Luminous Lagoon Night Cruise

Sightsee in downtown Montego Bay, glide through the waters of the Luminous Lagoon and explore Rose Hall Great House. During this Jamaica Super Saver tour led by an expert guide, visit attractions like the St James Museum Sam Sharpe Square. At Rose Hall, a stately historical mansion, learn the scandalous story of the house's ghostly past. Hop on a boat to float on the glowing waters of the Luminous Lagoon to finish off your evening, jumping in for a luminous swim if you're brave. Round-trip transportation from Montego Bay, Grand Palladium and Negril hotels is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$89,00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Rose Hall Great House Haunted Night Tour

Discover the haunted history of Montego Bay’s Rose Hall Great House during a candlelit night tour. Hear spooky stories of ghost sightings and eerie occurrences as you explore the 18th-century plantation home and learn about its captivating past—legend has it that White Witch Annie Palmer’s black magic led to the demise of three husbands and the torture of countless slaves inside its walls.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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US$20,00
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  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Montego Bay Combo: City Sightseeing and Rose Hall Candlelight Tour

Sightsee in downtown Montego Bay and explore Rose Hall Great House during this tour led by an expert guide. Visit attractions like the St James Museum Sam Sharpe Square. At Rose Hall, a stately historical mansion, learn the scandalous story of the house's ghostly past. Round-trip transportation from Montego Bay, Grand Palladium and Negril hotels is included. 
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$50,00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rose Hall Haunted Great House Night Tour

Take a guided tour of the Rose Hall Great House during your visit to Montego Bay. The evening tour provides an informative experience of the grand 18th-century estate, which has been expertly restored and is rumored to be haunted. Choose either the group or private transportation option from central Montego Bay or the Grand Palladium, and enjoy an evening at one of Jamaica's finest great houses.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$85,00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Luminous Lagoon and Rose Hall Haunted Night Tour from Montego Bay

Learn the eerie history of Rose Hall Great House during a nighttime tour and take a boat out on the Luminous Lagoon during this 3.5-hour tour from Montego Bay. Walk through Rose Hall Great House by candlelight, listening to the stories of the 'White Witch of Rose Hall' while admiring the architecture of this 18th-century plantation. Journey to Falmouth, where you'll board a boat on the Luminous Lagoon, a body of water inhabited by tiny glowing microorganisms. Round-trip transportation from Montego Bay hotels is included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$118,75
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Rose Hall Great House Tour from Montego Bay

Explore the Rose Hall Great House, one of Jamaica's most popular historic homes, on this tour from Montego Bay. Round-trip transportation means no need to rent a car, and you'll learn all about the home's history from your guide's commentary. Opt to add on a shopping trip, which means you'll be dropped at Montego Bay's "hip strip" for some souvenir hunting. Several departure times mean you can pick one to fit your vacation schedule.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$77,00
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Jamaica Private Tour: Rose Hall Great House and Luminous Lagoon

Visit Rose Hall Great House and the Luminous Lagoon on this private evening tour from Negril or Montego Bay. Learn about the legend of the White Witch of Rose Hall and admire the spectacular house lit up at night. Take a glass-bottom boat out on the glowing waters of the Luminous Lagoon (at own expense) and jump in for a swim among the harmless phosphorescent phytoplankton. Enjoy the flexibility and personal attention that accompany having a private guide. Round-trip transportation from Montego Bay or Negril is included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$82,00
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Rose Hall Great House and Luminous Lagoon Combo Tour

Combine two of Jamaica's national treasures—the Rose Hall Great House and the Luminous Lagoon—in a single tour from Montego Bay. Tour the Great House and learn about its grand owner and haunted past. Once the sun dips behind the horizon, head for the Luminous Lagoon, where you'll embark on a cruise and jump in for a swim if you wish. Listen to a guide's commentary on the phosphorescent phenomenon that makes the water light up, one of just a few such lagoons in the world.
  • Duration: Flexible
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US$150,00
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  • Duration: Flexible
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Private Montego Bay Highlights Tour

Explore the landmarks and highlights of Montego Bay with a local guide on this private tour. Visit the Rose Hall Great House, shop for souvenirs and crafts on one of Montego Bay's local 'hip strips', then stop for lunch at Jimmy Buffet's world-famous Margaritaville (own expense). Journey to the top of Richmond Hill to see panoramic views of the city. Round-trip transportation by private vehicle is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$54,00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Cinnamon Hill Great House Tour - Home of Johnny Cash

Journey into lives of Country & Western greats Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter-Cash. The Cinnamon Hill Great House has been the Jamaican home of the "The Man In Black ", legendary country music singer Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash for 40 years. This Georgian inspired Great House was originally owned by the family of 19th Century poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It was then purchased by the Cash family as their Jamaican retreat after they fell in love with the island. Experience their home frozen in time to best capture the essence of who they truly were, not as superstars but as the warm and real individuals that they were.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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US$20,00
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  • Duration: 45 minutes
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