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Rose Hall Great House: Private Tour from Montego Bay

1. Rose Hall Great House: Private Tour from Montego Bay

Visit the former Rose Hall Sugar Estates outside Montego Bay on a private, 2-hour small-group tour. The plantation is one of Jamaica's most popular attractions. You’ll hear many stories about its history, and also about its former owner, Annie Palmer, and her cruel treatment of the slaves. Legend has it that the Great House is haunted by her spirit and that you might see or feel the presence of Annie's ghost roaming around the house. See the historic Georgian house and its furnishings, restored to its former glory. Visit the tomb of Annie Palmer and the gift shops and snack areas on the grounds. A guided tour of Rose Hall Great House is also available, but is not included in the transportation price.

Montego Bay City and Rose Hall Haunted House Tour

2. Montego Bay City and Rose Hall Haunted House Tour

Get acquainted with Jamaica's second city on a tour of Montego Bay, known to locals as 'Mobay." Discover a mix of old and new as you learn the city's rich history. Pass through downtown to see how the locals live and journey through narrow streets watching street vendors, school children and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Go to the "Hip Strip" before visiting the residential area of Ironshore, where you will get a first-hand experience of Jamaican residences, from small homes to extraordinary mansions. Grab the chance to do some souvenir shopping at stops where you can purchase coffee, rum and spices. Then, as the sun sets, visit the home of Annie Palmer, known as the "White Witch of Rose Hall." Follow your guide on a candlelit tour through the haunted house, learning its history. Listen to the floors creak beneath your feet as the former plantation comes alive to Annie's story. She famously killed her 3 husbands and countless lovers before being murdered in the house, which she continues to haunt to this day. Watch out for ghosts, including Annie herself! You then have the option to continue to the Luminous Lagoon to see the microscopic organisms that emit a phosphorescent light when the water is agitated. Shortly after sunset, board a boat that will take you across the lagoon, and marvel at the effects as the water is disturbed. Stop for a swim to experience the miracle of seeing your body glow! This is only available in 3 locations on the planet and is a must see in Jamaica.

Rose Hall Great House

3. Rose Hall Great House

Overlooking the glistening Caribbean Sea, lay the plains that were once known as the Rose Hall Sugar Estate, upon which, sits the legendary Rose Hall Great House. Long in ruins, the house has now been restored to its former glory. This restored Georgian mansion’s decorated with silk wallpaper printed with palms and birds, ornamented with chandeliers, furnished with mostly European antiques, and features a downstairs bar and restaurant – Annie’s Pub. Said to be the greatest of Jamaican great houses, the Rose Hall Great House has a story with all the elements needed to complete an intriguing novel. Come learn of the former mistress of the plantation, who had devilish schemes to rid herself of her husbands and several slave lovers. “The White Witch of Rose Hall” has fascinated generations, and even today, there are those who claim sightings of Annie passing through the Great House. Go on a guided tour of the Rose Hall Great House, and then visit the tomb of Annie Palmer. Perhaps you’ll have eerie encounters yourself!

Montego Bay: Rose Hall Great House 2-Hour Tour

4. Montego Bay: Rose Hall Great House 2-Hour Tour

Visit the Rose Hall Great House, named after the wife of George Ash, on a 2-hour tour in Montego Bay. Admire this house, built in the style of a Georgian mansion. Its position, set high on a hill overlooking the coast, makes Rose Hall Great House a commanding presence. As you explore the house on your tour, listen as your guide tells you more about its construction and history, and then its folklore. Find out about Annie, the English wife of a family member who inherited the home in the early 1800s. Known as the "White Witch of Rose Hall," Annie was rumored to have used "black magic" to kill multiple husbands and lovers. Even today, there are people who claim to see Annie passing through the Great House, and on your tour, you may catch a glimpse of her as well. At the end, head down to the dungeon and enjoy a complimentary drink.

Montego Bay: Rose Hall Great House 2-Hour Night Tour

5. Montego Bay: Rose Hall Great House 2-Hour Night Tour

A candlelit evening tour of the Rose Hall Great House is a must for visitors to Montego Bay. Your guided exploration of the former home of Jamaica’s White Witch, Annie Palmer, includes captivating and chilling stories of love, murder, and mystery skillfully told by knowledgeable guides. Hear about the White Witch of Rose Hall and her first husband's demise, countless lovers, and reign as mistress over the plantation.  You’re sure to feel goose bumps as these eerie tales come to life in this grand estate, where ghost sightings have been reported over the years. Your tour also gives historic insight into this grandest of Jamaican great houses, now beautifully restored with 18th-century decor and antiques. To conclude your fascinating adventure, visit the dungeon, now transformed into a tavern called Annie’s Pub. Many visitors find that the famous rum cocktail, known as “Witches Brew” helps banish the spirits of ghosts or black magic they sense still lingering in the mansion.

Luminous Lagoon and Rose Hall Haunted Great House Night Tour

6. Luminous Lagoon and Rose Hall Haunted Great House Night Tour

Your amazing adventure starts with your pick up at your hotel lobby and you are driven in comfort on a scenic roadway to Rose Hall, Montego Bay. Built-in 1770 by John Palmer and his wife, the Rose Hall Great House eventually became the residence of their grandnephew, John Rose Palmer. In 1820, Palmer married Annie, a beautiful but feisty English girl. Little did John know that his young wife possessed “black magic” powers that would eventually lead to his demise. During her reign as mistress of the plantation, Annie did away with two more husbands and countless lovers. “The White Witch of Rose Hall” has fascinated generations, and even today, there are those who claim to see Annie passing through the Great House. Enjoy a candle-lit evening tour of the Rose Hall Great House, the former home of Jamaica’s White Witch, Annie Palmer. Your tour will include captivating and chilling stories of love, murder, and mystery skillfully told by knowledgeable guides. You’re sure to feel goosebumps as these eerie tales come to life in this grand estate, where ghost sightings have been reported over the years. After the Rose Hall Great House, make your way to Falmouth where you will begin a night boat tour of the famous Luminous Lagoon. You will see things that will make you appreciate the beauty Mother nature has created for us to witness and experience!.Truly, a sight to be seen! As the boat cruises around, the water is disturbed and the organisms begin to glow. You will see an eerie light show illuminating from the back of the boat and all around from the wake.

Rose Hall Great House Day Tour

7. Rose Hall Great House Day Tour

Have a tour of the magnificent house, learning about the history of the area as well as the individuals who lived within the residence. Learn about the islands dark history. Explore the well kept grounds, and appreciate the beauty of the natural land. Built in 1770 by John Palmer and his wife, it eventually became the residence of their grandnephew, John Rose Palmer. In 1820, Palmer married Annie, a beautiful but feisty English girl. Little did John know that his young wife possessed “black magic” powers that would eventually lead to his demise. During her reign as mistress of the plantation, Annie did away with two more husbands and countless lovers. “The White Witch of Rose Hall” has fascinated generations, and even today, there are those who claim to see Annie passing through the Great House.

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What people are saying about Rose Hall Great House

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 10 reviews

We expected the driver who picks us up at the Great House stays with us and goes through with us. This was not the case, he was really only the driver and at the Great House was another 25 dollar entry due. The tour was then conducted by a tour guide of the house. Therefore, the price was only too expensive for the drive there, as it is better to take a taxi at the port and go there. The tour in the Great House itself was great and highly recommended, but you do not need to book this here

Experience Jamaica by Night!

5 star !!!!! Loved having the option of doing The night time Rose Hall tour and Luminous Lagoon as a package-(didn't find that available anywhere else!). Our guide Jr. gave us the Jamaica experience and took us on a great Montego Bay city tour. Excellent value all the way and the car was very comfortable with great music!. As 2 middle aged women (Karen & Karen) traveling alone we always felt safe with him. Highly recommend this must do Jamaica experience !!!!!!

I had heard the story of the white witch of Rose Hall many times but this tour was so much more than the short version I knew. It was wonderful hearing the full story while touring the great and experiencing the history. The tour guide was very engaging. The transport to and from the location was exceptional. Our driver was knowledgeable about the area. Definitely recommend this tour to learn about the history and culture of Jamaica.

Driver picked us up right on time at the lobby of our hotel, we were only two guests. First Stop Rose Hall Great House. There we had a wonderful privat tour. Next Stop was Montego Bay. Just strolling a bit around. as an extra we booked the luminous Lagoon with this tour. A magnificent experience!

Enjoyed our tour guide, she was very Informative and knowledgeable