Hamptonne Country Life Museum is a unique insight into the rural life carried on in Jersey for centuries.


Opening Times

Opening Times

Open daily from 12 June to 1 November
10am to 5pm


Admission Prices

Contactless payment only

Members Adult (16+) Child (6 to 16) Senior (65+) Student (16+) Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children)
FREE

£9.60

£6.25 £8.65 £5.95 £28.55

Free admission to children under 6 years old

 

Discounts

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

Heritage Pass

Unlimited access to 4 must see attractions for the price of 3

Jersey Heritage 4 for 3 pass
Location

Location

La Rue de la Patente, St Lawrence, JE3 1HS For more information please call 01534 863 955

Latitude: 49.227802, Longitude: -2.135778


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information for visitors - physical distancing covid-19

We have put a number of systems in place to ensure your safety, the Jersey Heritage team will inform you of the physical distancing rules at Hamptonne Country Life Museum.  These rules include:

  • 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
  • We accept contactless payment only
  • Please stay at least one metre from other visitors
  • There are some areas that can only be used by one household group at a time – signs will tell you where these areas are
  • Where you see red ‘stop’ signs and green ‘go’ signs, please remember to turn them around
  • Please follow the one-way system and keep to the left
  • The playground at Hamptonne is open. Parents and carers are reminded that physical distancing and hygiene guidelines must be maintained at all times. Children should wash or sanitise their hands before and after using the playground
  • Please remember to wash your hands if you touch the animals
  • If you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 please stay at home

 

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, 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.

 

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.

 

Top 5 things to do at Hamptonne Country Life Museum

1) Meet the Hamptonne calves and piglets 

2) Take afternoon tea in the courtyard

3) Explore the cider apple orchard and the beautiful countryside location

4) Take a look at the Syvret House which gives a unique window into rural life in Jersey in the late 1940s

5) Feed the Hamptonne chickens

 

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. 

Dogs: No dogs, except guide dogs.

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: A café is on the premises

Hearing loop: Available at reception and a portable hearing loop is available for groups if requested in advance

 

Access Statement

Read the access statement for Hamptonne Country Life Museum (.docx version)


La Faîs’sie d’Cidre - Cider Festival ->

Jersey's annual cider festival - La Faîs'sie d'Cidre - returns to Hamptonne Country Life Museum on Saturday 17 October 10am to 7pm and Sunday 18 October 10am to 5pm.