Rose Hall Great House
Rose Hall Great House
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural Buildings
Monday
9:15 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:15 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:15 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:15 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:15 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:15 AM - 8:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • David D
    Dixon, Missouri267 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Trip for some History
    Every vacation my wife tells me I need to learn something, so this was one of the "somethings" for this trip. The tour is really nice, some great history, great antiques, and a great story of Annie. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The house itself is an amazing structure but it's the history that is the real star in my opinion. Also, the views are beyond amazing! It's worth a trip out if you are in the area, I really did enjoy it.
    Hi Valued Guest, Thank you for sharing your review of the Rose Hall Great House Tour with our Trip Advisor community. We are delighted you enjoyed the tour and the views of the house. The staff will be congratulated on a job well done. We hope to see you again soon.
    Written November 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
  • juice_17
    Derby, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awful, awful, awful….
    …in the best possible way. We did the tour at night as “something a bit different”. It was great! We booked through Tui and got transfers there and back, but if you’re in the Mo Bay Area it would be just as easy to grab a taxi I would have thought. As soon as we parked up and got off the bus, it was eerie straight away! The staff were lovely all throughout - shout out to our guide Chanelle!! She was brilliant! The tour of the house itself would have been amazing on its own, but all the added “extras” along the way made it! I’ve never screamed and sweated so much at once! 😂 Lots of very tragic history that you’ll learn along the way! Tip - if you are going at night, wear decent shoes, it’s pitch dark in the gardens and uneasy under foot.
    Hi Valued Guest, Thank you for sharing your review of the Rose Hall Great House Haunted Night Tour with our Trip Advisor community. We are delighted you enjoyed the tour. Chanelle and the rest of the team will be congratulated on a job well done.
    Written November 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 15, 2023
  • jgemza
    Whitesboro, New York447 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Landmark needs some repair.
    Toured the house and grounds of this old and updated landmark. It has a long history of families and questionable accidents or killings on the property. The update was remarkable over 60 years ago and worth a visit. Nevertheless, the building is in need of some maintenance and repair. A nice stop for us on our tour.
    Hi Valued Guest, Thank you for sharing your review of the Rose Hall Great House Tour with our Trip Advisor community. We are delighted you enjoyed the tour.
    Written June 3, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
  • KerryFlorin
    Cape Town Central, South Africa11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly Recommended!
    We were so pleased to have done this tour. Shana was a truly wonderful guide and told us all the gripping stories associated with Rose Hall. Possibly because we went at midday (a quiet time) we were fortunate enough to be given a private tour which made it very special. We were absolutely fascinated by the rich history, not only of Rose Hall but also of the wider area as well as the brutal slave trade, the plantations and Great Houses, and of Jamaican culture. We learnt SO much. We left with a lot to reflect on and talk about. Don't just sit on the beach, GO TO ROSE HALL!
    Hi Valued Guest, Thank you for sharing your review of the Rose Hall Great House Tour with our Trip Advisor community. We are delighted you enjoyed the tour. Shana will be congratulated on a job well done.
    Written June 3, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 10, 2024
  • Adri H
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rose Hall Great House Tour
    My review might be a touch biased as I have been waiting to go here for ages! However, we were here on a cruise excursion and I loved every bit of this tour. Our tour guide was excellent. She talked about the history of the home and its former owners. The home itself is beautiful and normally these historic homes can be extremely hot but there was a nice ocean breeze. At the end of our tour, we were given a complimentary fruit punch or you could buy a cocktail.
    Hi Valued Guest, Thank you for sharing your review of the Rose Hall Great House Tour with our Trip Advisor community. We are delighted you enjoyed the tour. The staff will be congratulated on a job well done.
    Written June 4, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 26, 2024
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lisajoe1014
Buena, NJ22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Overall the tour was good. However wish we did the day tour to have a better sense of the rooms as some were quite dark at night. One major downside to the tour was how they rip tourist off at the end. Throughout tour they will discuss how at the end you will go to a bar and they will give you spirits to relax and enjoy and you can take pictures in the bar. When we entered the bar the bartender told the group of all the drinks he can serve us. His name was "Dragon Daddy" and not once was anyone told there would be a charge for the drinks. There was even a sign with the drinks listed without any prices. From the reaction of the guests everyone was taken aback when he started passing out the drinks to everyone and "after telling each one of us it was $15.00 a drink." Really a fruity small drink in a glass cup with straw is $15.00 a piece. The tour mislead the group as if this was a complimentary drink and part of our fee we paid for the tour. One couple refused to pay the $30.00 and the bartender said it was OK?!? So guess if you paid him he took the overpriced drink money and if didn't guess let it go....as said at no point and time before drinks were handed out did they say there was a charge. Tourists beware of Dragon Daddy and his overpriced drinks at the end! #scam
Written January 23, 2020
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BJ K
San Antonio, TX1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We took the Rose Hall Great House and Highlights tour through Shore Excursions Group. The bottom line was they left us at the dock because others on the tour arrived an hour early and they decided not to wait. We caught up with them an hour and a half later - long story. We did see Rose Hall and it was worth seeing. The rest of the tour was a mess with mob rule running the show on what we did or didn't do. I wrote a full review on their site but of course it will never be published and they have never responded to me. Be careful!
Written January 1, 2023
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Written February 20, 2023
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Susan N
14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Definitely a creepy house to tour at night. A bit overpriced but we bought our tickets at our hotel instead of online or at the venue. Would recommend, tour is interesting and the house and grounds are beautiful. A word of warning though, the home is very, very warm and stuffy inside. Bring a bottle of water or purchase one in the gift shop. There are coolers with beverages by the ticket office but are not open for purchase during the evening tours.
Written February 6, 2020
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Hi Susan, Thank you for taking the time out to share your reviews with us and the TripAdvisor community. We appreciate your feedback and you choosing our Rose Hall Great House Tours.
Written February 12, 2020
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mary h
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We were the last tour of the day, and had hired a private operator, Aldane/Damion, Touch of Jamaica, AD to take us from the Rose hall suites, to the Great House. Our guide, at the house was "Heather" and she was exceptional, being with her made you feel the presence of the past. Her knowledge just flowed from one room to the next with stories of the past history. she took plenty of time to answer questions about both the inside and outside of the home...a job well done , so if you want to go be sure to look for Heather, she is just wonderfully delightful.
Written January 21, 2020
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GosiaS
36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
The whole tour is 20 minutes. The house has interesting stories. Nicely told by the guide. Note - you can not take pictures unless you pay (expensive!) at the end you can eat at the restaurant but I did not try. It is worth coming and going to a night performance. Montego bay according to me there is nothing interesting and if you have a long way to go there, it's not worth it.
Written January 12, 2020
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Written January 13, 2020
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Sarah N
Saskatchewan, Canada54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Curly was our tour guide during the night tour and he was very engaging and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the history, decor, the staff who pretended to be ghosts and all the spooky occurrences. A suggestion - smaller groups. We were packed into small areas which took a little away from the great ambiance of the house. Also, I think drinks shouldn't be allowed on the tour. Three women brought their Buba cups full of alcohol on the tour and luckily they didn't spill any on the old furniture or carpeting, which would have been terrible.
Written February 2, 2020
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Hi, Thank you for your kind review and for sharing it with the TripAdvisor community! Curly will be congratulated for his job well done! Thank you for choosing us!
Written February 3, 2020
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Kate o
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Unfortunately would not recommend. Although the main tour guide was pleasant and informative, we felt harassed by another staff member. We were followed by a staff member who was not leading our tour and aggressively hit on the entire time. We were the only ones targeted in our tour. It made the experience extremely uncomfortable, especially as this was a night time haunted tour. This added an unwelcome layer of actual fear and discomfort to what should have been a fun activity.
Written March 16, 2023
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juice_17
Derby, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
…in the best possible way. We did the tour at night as “something a bit different”. It was great! We booked through Tui and got transfers there and back, but if you’re in the Mo Bay Area it would be just as easy to grab a taxi I would have thought.
As soon as we parked up and got off the bus, it was eerie straight away! The staff were lovely all throughout - shout out to our guide Chanelle!! She was brilliant!
The tour of the house itself would have been amazing on its own, but all the added “extras” along the way made it! I’ve never screamed and sweated so much at once! 😂
Lots of very tragic history that you’ll learn along the way!
Tip - if you are going at night, wear decent shoes, it’s pitch dark in the gardens and uneasy under foot.
Written November 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi Valued Guest, Thank you for sharing your review of the Rose Hall Great House Haunted Night Tour with our Trip Advisor community. We are delighted you enjoyed the tour. Chanelle and the rest of the team will be congratulated on a job well done.
Written November 28, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Leslie’s Bookcase
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
My family are connoisseurs of ghost tours ha! We had differnt opinions on this one but since I am writing this I'm giving 5 stars. There are jump scare tactics (startling noises and people) that some of my family didn't prefer but I thought it was fun. I would have liked to do the day tour too to see in in the daylight and not wondering when someone was going to jump out.
Written April 2, 2022
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Hi Valued Guest! We are so happy that you had a great time with us at the Rose Hall Greathouse Haunted Night Tour! Thank you for choosing us and for sharing your reviews and recommendations with the TripAdvisor community. We hope to see you again, for the Day and Garden tour soon.
Written April 8, 2022
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Mandi E
Fryeburg, ME60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We stayed at the Iberostar Rose hall suites and scheduled a tour with a great driver named Michael. He showed us all over town and the first place was the Rose Hall Great House. We couldn’t enter due to COVID restrictions but we still loved driving up around there and looking around . The place is beautiful and the history there is so interesting . We will definitely visit again if it’s open during our next trip to Jamaica.
Written October 25, 2020
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