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Rose Hall Great House

Tour this grand English-style manor and former plantation, and discover its eerie history.

Rose Hall Great House is an English-style estate set amongst greens hills and overlooking the Caribbean, 9 miles (15 kilometers) east of Montego Bay. The estate was built in the 1770s by a British planter and became a plantation with hundreds of slaves at one point. A series of murders and strange occurrences in the 19th century made Rose Hall a part of local folklore. Today, the house and surrounding estate are open to the public for tours. Explore the history of this home, learn the stories of its many residents and admire the priceless view out across the Caribbean Sea.

A guided tour is the only way to see the home and gardens. Knowledgeable guides take visitors through the whole history of the site. Learn about the slaves that lived here as well as the story of the home’s most infamous resident, Annie Palmer.

Annie Palmer was said to have lived at Rose Hall with her husband in the early 19th century. According to legend, Palmer killed her husband and several slaves that she had taken as lovers. Locals referred to her as the White Witch of Rose Hall and believe her ghost can sometimes be seen in the upstairs quarters. Visit Palmer’s old room, which remains elaborately decorated with period furniture, and see Palmer’s stone grave outside. It’s also worth getting a photo from the bedroom window, which looks out over the estate to the water.

Tours of Rose Hall Great House are run regularly throughout the day. A night tour is also available and focuses more on the home’s eerie history. Reservations are required for each tour and the day tour is best for families. The night tour ends with a “Witches Brew,” a rum cocktail served in the home’s basement bar.

Popular Activities at Rose Hall Great House

It's worth giving yourself plenty of time at Rose Hall Great House. Here are the most popular things to do:

For even more things to do, have a look at our Montego Bay things to do page.


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Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa – All Inclusive ¥27,085
Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa – All Inclusive

Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa – All Inclusive

Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Saint James
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Montego Bay property is within a 15-minute walk of Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, Rose Hall Great House, and Montego Bay Convention Centre. White Witch of Rose Hall Golf Course and The Shoppes at Rose Hall are also within 15 minutes.

    Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Adults Only – All Inclusive ¥34,905
    Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Adults Only – All Inclusive

    Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Adults Only – All Inclusive

    Rose Hall Road, Montego Bay, Saint James
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Montego Bay, this beachfront property is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Three Palms Ocean Course and Montego Bay Convention Centre. Rose Hall Great House is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

      Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa – All Inclusive ¥33,930
      Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa – All Inclusive

      Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa – All Inclusive

      Rose Hall, St James, Montego Bay
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Montego Bay, this beachfront property is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Three Palms Ocean Course and Montego Bay Convention Centre. Rose Hall Great House is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

        Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall – All Inclusive ¥33,995
        Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall – All Inclusive

        Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall – All Inclusive

        Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Saint James
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Montego Bay, this beachfront property is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Three Palms Ocean Course and Montego Bay Convention Centre. Rose Hall Great House is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

          Sea Castle Rose Hall ¥9,485
          Sea Castle Rose Hall

          Sea Castle Rose Hall

          Rose Hall Road, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, St. James Parish
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the beach, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of White Witch of Rose Hall Golf Course and Montego Bay Convention Centre. Rose Hall Great House is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.

            Marriott SeaCastles Penthouse
            Marriott SeaCastles Penthouse

            Marriott SeaCastles Penthouse

            A1 Rose Hall Unit E2-22, Montego Bay, St. James Parish
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Montego Bay, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, Rose Hall Great House, and Montego Bay Convention Centre. White Witch of Rose Hall Golf Course and The Shoppes at Rose Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Rose Hall de Luxe
              Rose Hall de Luxe

              Rose Hall de Luxe

              Main Street, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Saint James
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of White Witch of Rose Hall Golf Course and Montego Bay Convention Centre. Rose Hall Great House is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

                Tek Time, Montego Bay 5BR
                Tek Time, Montego Bay 5BR

                Tek Time, Montego Bay 5BR

                The Greens, Lot #19, Montego Bay
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this luxury villa is within a 10-minute walk of Cinnamon Hill Golf Course and Rose Hall Great House. Montego Bay Convention Centre is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away.