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Hampden Rum Factory Tour from Falmouth

Travel along the scenic north coast until we arrive at the Hampden Rum Factory for a guided tour.

Hampden estate is one of the oldest sugar estates in Jamaica. Renowned throughout Jamaica’s rum history for its full, intensely flavorful pot still rums, it continues today to be the quintessential heavy pot rum of choice throughout Europe and other parts of the world.

Surveyed in 1743, Hampden operated as a large sugar plantation circa 1753 under the ownership of Mr. Archibald Sterling of Scotland. In 1779 Mr. Sterling built the Hampden Great House of which the ground floor served as a rum store until the early 1900s. Hampden Estate is firmly set in Jamaican history as it established the Hampden Presbyterian Church, circa 1824, the first of that denomination to be established in Jamaica.
In 1955, the old boiler house, which was located at Gales Valley on the Estate, was donated by the owners of Hampden to Her Royal Highness Princess Alice, who was then Chancellor of the UWI. She arranged for it to be dismantled, block by block. Each building stone was meticulously numbered, then transported to the Mona Campus and reassembled. It took three years to complete the task. When it was done, this beautiful Georgian building, made with finely dressed limestone from Hampden Estate, was reborn as the University Chapel, which is today considered an architectural gem.

During World War 1, Hampden constructed the Hampden Wharf in Falmouth for shipment of its sugar and rums which is today a major entry port for “The Oasis of the Seas” the worlds largest cruise ship. Additionally, the wharf facilities will now serve as a major tourist hub. The estate has donated lands for schools, housing and for many other social infrastructure uses. Post 1827 the estate came into the ownership of D.O. Kelly-Lawson who became Custos of St. James in 1875 and Justice Of The Peace of Trelawny. His daughter Ena Kelly-Lawson married a Mr. Farquharson, which on her death, inherited Hampden. The estate which is set within the famed “Queen of Spain Valley” consists of approximately 3500 acres. The Farquharson’s operated the estate producing sugar and rum until 2003 when it came under the ownership of the Jamaica Sugar Company of Jamaica. The estate is renowned for possessing the best cane lands in Jamaica producing the highest Ton Sugar from Ton Cane milled. During this time its rums were exported exclusively to Europe, England and Scotland.

In 2009, Everglades Farms Ltd. owned by the Hussey family, acquired the estate via public bid through divestment procedures of the Jamaica Sugar Company assets, owned by the Government of Jamaica. A commitment by Everglades Farm to pump some US$6.2 million (J$549.8 million) into the Long Pond and Hampden sugar estates has brought renewed hope to the people of the region and to the economy of Trelawny. The Hussey family is committed to preserving the great traditions of Hampden and to the preservation of old family business values, a necessary prerequisite given that several of Hampden’s current customers can trace their orders back in excess of 50 years.

After your tour,we will take you back to your Cruise Ship Pier or Trelawny Resort.

  • Guided tour of Estate included
  • Jamaican Lunch included
  • Round trip transportation included

The following options are also available after your excursion:

  • Visit Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Sports Bar and Grill by the Beach
  • Duty Free Shopping in town and or shopping by the Craft Market
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  • Nick H

    Re: Hampden Rum Factory Tour from Falmouth
    Hi Dwight,

    I wanted to let you know that Steve (our driver/guide) was exceptionally good to us. He answered all our questions about the culture and agriculture of Jamaica.
    During the Rum tour my mother-in-law became ill. On our way back, we asked Steve if he could help us get a wheelchair from the port to the boat. He did one better, took us as close as he could to the ship, got her a ride in a golf cart from our location to the boat. We were so thankful for his assistance.
    The guide at Hampden Rum Factory was great and we had a good time with them.

    Thank you for helping us have a good time in Jamaica.


  • Matthew M

    Re: Hampden Rum Factory Tour from Falmouth
    Our driver (I believe his name was Robert) was absolutely fantastic. He was knowledgeable about the area and very friendly. He was also happy to take some pictures for us. The tour was great and was our favorite thing to do in any of the ports we visited. The company’s operation seemed very smooth and I would have no hesitation about touring with your company again over the excursions offered through the ship.


Excursion Details

  • Per Person: US$ 65.00
  • Group Discount: 7 or more
  • Available: Daily
  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Minimum: 4 Persons
  • Under 3yrs - FREE
  • Entrance fees included
  • If your party consists of 2 or 3 persons, contact us and we will put you with another group

We issue full refund, If your ship cannot dock due to inclement weather.

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