Free admission to children under 6 years old
Building Work at Hamptonne
We are excited to be making improvements at Hamptonne Country Life Museum. During December we regret there will be no disabled facilities or baby changing facilities available.
While the work is ongoing, please stay safe by remaining outside the designated construction area.
There is no requirement to book if your group is below 6+ Adults / Seniors
. 15% Group Booking discount is applicable to pre booked groups of 6+ or more Adults or Seniors (or combination of)
15% discount for pre booked groups of 6 or more adults or seniors. Please book in advance here
10% discount for non pre booked groups of 6 or more adults or seniors (at VSA discretion)
Students and children no group booking discount
Jersey Heritage welcomes the following Reciprocal Agreements:
- Museums Association Members
- International Council of Museums (ICOM) members
- Alderney Society / Museum ticket holders
- Friends of Hamptonne (Hamptonne only)
- National Trust Jersey Members
- National Trust UK Members (20% off)
- Friends of Manx National Heritage
- Réseau des Musées de Normandie – Muséopass Card
Our disabled visitors pay the normal admission rate and we are happy to offer free admission for up to two carers.
Unlimited access to 4 must see attractions for the price of 3
INFORMATION FOR VISITORS – COVID-19
As part of the Government of Jersey’s contact tracing measures, you will be asked to provide a name and telephone number. This information will be used if it is later discovered that a visitor or staff member on that day had COVID-19. All records will be used only for this purpose and will be destroyed once the possibility of contact transference is over.
Face masks are mandatory in indoor public places.
About Hamptonne Country Life Museum
Hamptonne Country Life Museum gives the visitor a unique insight into the rural life carried on in Jersey for centuries. Dating back to the 15th Century the house and farm are perfect for discovering the rural history of Jersey. Explore the different houses which make up Hamptonne, find out more about Jersey’s history of cider making in the cider barn and wander through the cider apple orchard and meet the Hamptonne calves, lambs, chickens and piglets in the traditional farmstead.
Discover Syvret House, a decorated and furnished farmhouse gives a unique window into 1940s rural life, including; agricultural traditions, day-to-day family life, language, religion and the experience of the German Occupation.
Top 5 things to do at Hamptonne Country Life Museum
1) Meet the Hamptonne animals
2) Enjoy the playground
3) Explore the cider apple orchard and the beautiful countryside location
4) Meet characters from the past and hear about ancient crafts and stories
5) Take a free tour of Hamptonne with one of our volunteer guides
THE HAMPTONNE NAME AND ROYAL CONNECTIONS
The Hamptonne farm complex takes its name from Laurens Hamptonne, who purchased it in 1633. The property is also known as ‘La Patente’, as is the name of one of the roads that passes it, after the Grants by Letters Patent received by its owner Richard Langlois in 1445, and by King Charles II to Laurens Hamptonne in 1649.
Royal Patents were awarded to those who had provided a particular service to the monarch or close relative. In Hamptonne’s case, this resulted from his loyalty to the Royalist cause during the English Civil War, when he was Vicomte or executive officer of Jersey’s Royal Court. It was in that role that Hamptonne issued the famous Proclamation in St Helier’s Royal Square on 17 February 1649, declaring Charles II as King after news reached the Island of the execution of Charles I.
Hamptonne’s support of the penniless exiled King Charles II resulted in several grants. One preserved the integrity of the property in perpetuity – it could not be broken up into parts (partages) and split among family members, but would be inherited by the eldest child. Another permitted Hamptonne to rebuild the ruined Colombier (dovecote) originally granted to Richard Langlois. In normal circumstances, such buildings could only be built by Jersey Seigneurs (Lords or holders of a fief.). The Colombier is located to the south-east, slightly beyond the current boundaries of the Museum. This may not have been a source of local popularity for Hamptonne.
THE HOUSES AND COURTYARDS
Overall the site is square in shape. It includes ranges of buildings built in different periods, arranged around two courtyards. While the farm has medieval origins, consecutive owners have made marked improvements to the living accommodation. The main buildings are therefore named after the Langlois, Hamptonne and Syvret families, who lived here between 15th and 19th centuries.
When you exit the shop, you enter the North Courtyard along the side of which runs the Northern Range – a row of 19th century farm buildings constructed to meet the requirements of the agriculture workforce, its vehicles and horses. It include a Labourers Cottage, Coach House, Bake House & Laundry, and Stables. Facing the Stables is a glazed barn in which important farming devices and implements are displayed. There is a walled vegetable and herb garden to the east, beyond which is the Hamptonne Playground and Cider Apple Orchard.
To the south is Langlois House, which comprises stabling and an undercroft on the ground floor, and a parlour and bedroom on the first floor. At the south-west corner is a twin-arched stone gateway providing access to the roadway. To the south of Langlois House are the pigsties and a spring-fed pond.
To the west is the Cider House or pressoir with its granite apple crusher and press; to the southern end of this row is Syvret House which consists of a kitchen, parlour, two bedrooms and a small cabinet. The House is presented as the home of a tenant farmer around 1948.
CIDER APPLE ORCHARD
To the east of the farm complex is the Cider Apple Orchard, which consists of apple trees chosen for their sweet, bitter and sharp flavours to provide a good balance for cider making when mixed together. The footpath through the orchard takes you into a small area of woodland. Wooded areas at the back of farms provided an important source of wood for fuel and building materials, while also supporting a rich variety of plants and wildlife. Follow the footpath down to the grazing Meadow and, if you wish, continue on the public footpath that joins the National Trust for Jersey’s Toad Trail.
Free Walking Guide
Explore Jersey with our series of walking guides taking in many of the Island’s landmarks, heritage and visitor attractions. Our walks have been developed by a Jersey Blue Badge Guide, who knows the Island inside-out. Upstream to Hamptonne – find out more. A short stroll through Waterworks Valley along a beautiful woodland path in the parish of St Lawrence.
Visual Story to Hamptonne
Download our Visual Story for Hamptonne Country Life Museum. This is a helpful guide to what to expect on a visit and has been produced in consultation with Autism Jersey. .
Facilities and Access
Payment: On arrival by contactless payment only (not Diners Card or American Express)
Organised groups: 15% discount for groups of 6 or more adults or seniors. Please book in advance by completing the form here.
Entrance and parking: The car park is a short walk from Hamptonne
Disabled access: Some disabled access to the sites. November/December 2021 – there is no disabled toilet access at this site while building work takes place.
Baby changing facilities: There are currently no baby changing facilities available on site.
Dogs: No dogs, except guide dogs. Read our policy here.
Buses and cycle routes: The nearest bus stop for Hamptonne is Route number 7 and is a 10-12 minute walk away at Three Oaks Garage. Liberty Bus run a regular service from Liberty Station.
Refreshment: The café at Hamptonne is open serving a range of cakes and savoury ‘lite bites’, the café is closed on Mondays.
Hearing loop: Available at reception and a portable hearing loop is available for groups if requested in advance
WIFI: Available on site
Read the statement for Hamptonne Country Life Museum (.docx version)