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“A little pricey, but still a cool little stop”

Rose Hall Great House
Ranked #3 of 5 things to do in Rose Hall
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The greatest of Jamaican great houses, the Rose Hall Great House has a story with all the elements of an engaging novel. Built in 1770 by John Palmer and his wife, it eventually became the residence of their grandnephew, John Rose Palmer. In 1820, Palmer married Annee, 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, Annee 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 Annee passing through the Great House. A candle-lit 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, Annee Palmer, includes captivating and chilling stories of love, murder and mystery skillfully told by knowledgeable guides. 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. Tours also give historic insight into this grandest of Jamaican great houses, now beautifully restored with 18th-century decor and antiques. To conclude this fascinating adventure, you can visit the dungeon, now transformed into a tavern called Annee’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.
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

It was $25 per person for a 45-minute tour of a restored “Great House.” That said, it was a cool story and it was nice to hear the history of Jim Rollins and Johnny Cash and their connection to the home and Jamaica in general. The song sung by our tour guide, LaTonya, at the end was a nice, sweet touch. The $12 rum punch in the souvenir glass was quite good. The $12 picture was pricey, but the quality made it worth it.

Thank Deanna J
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Our tour guide name is Ricardo, he was right on point.. this night tour made you jump.. Rose Hall was the lady of the night.. supposedly she murdered her 3 husband and than she was said to be murdered by a gentleman caller.. if you do this tour, diffinatly do the tour with Ricardo, he is a great tour guide.. Ricardo, you are awesome

Thank Jeanette O
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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

My husband and I decided to see the house in the morning with our driver. The driver was a very gentle man but after the poor attitude of the woman who was apparently the boss who scolded us for entering the office that said admission to purchase a tour after waiting past opening time for them to be ready and continued to be rude and showed no hospitality we decided not to spend the high cost of $25 each to see the home. We were scolded that we could not even explore the front garden facing the road without an arm band to pass....very disappointing as most we have encountered have been so kind. I heard their visitors have declined and with rude un-welcoming individuals i can see why. We took our money across the street where we were welcomed with warmth, smiles and laughter. Their poor attitude was so bad that our driver even intervened and let them know how unacceptable it was, giving Jamaica a bad name.

Thank Susan M
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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

We went on the tour and I have to admit for the grounds to be so beautiful the history behind the house is very sad. Our guide was very nice and answered all of our questions.

Thank cocoym78
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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

The grounds are lovely and the welcome was warm. However the overall tour was poor due to the 'dramatic gimmicks'. More history would have been appreciated, instead of creating something that causes giggles and squeals......afterall this is a former plantation that was built on slavery, so should not be trivilised.
Also, when night falls it is extremely dark in the house, and there are stairs and steps to be negotisted, so not suitable for those who have mobility support needs.

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