Free admission to children under 6 years old
We are excited to be creating a new museum space at Hamptonne dedicated to the Island’s farming heritage, thanks to Fiscal Stimulus funding from the Government of Jersey.
During this time, you will still be able to visit…
- The Orchard
- The Historic Farm Buildings
- The Play Area
- The Meadow
While the work is ongoing, please stay safe by remaining outside the construction areas.
Due to an outbreak of Avian Flu in Jersey and following official advice, our chickens are currently being housed away from public areas. We will keep you updated when this changes.
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
- 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
Monday 11 July there are planned roadworks at Hamptonne, La Rue de la Patente will close to traffic for approximately two days. Diversions are in place.
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 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.
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.
The Hamptonne Café has a charming rustic farmhouse ambience, with both indoor and outdoor seating areas, it provides the perfect the setting for a locally produced cake or light lunch. We have carefully sourced the best local suppliers to provide delicious cakes and savoury light bites, which accompany our freshly prepared sandwiches, salad boxes and daily specials.
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.
Facilities and Access
Read our access statement for Hamptonne Country Life Museum.
Payment: Can be made by debit, credit card (not Amex), in Sterling or Euro.
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 daily.
Hearing loop: Available at reception and a portable hearing loop is available for groups if requested in advance
WIFI: Available on site