Discover six centuries of Jersey’s rural life at Hamptonne Country Life Museum. Dating back to the 15th century the house and farm are brought to life with characters from the Island’s past. The earliest records indicate that a building was located here in 1445.
The farm complex comprises of three houses, a colombier, several outbuildings and an orchard. Each of the three houses dates from a different century, reflecting the changing architectural styles of Jersey over time. The visitor can explore the orchard and learn about bygone crafts and quirky traditions from the resident Goodwyf. Find out more about their history of cider making and Jersey apples. In October, the museum becomes the venue for La Faîs'sie d’Cidre (a cider making festival).
During the summer, visitors can meet the Hamptonne pigs in the traditional pigsty with outdoor yard and mud bath and see Jersey cows graze in the fields. Special events take place throughout the year for all the family to enjoy, including the annual Fais’sie d’Cidre. The houses are named after the families who have lived at Hamptonne, the Syvret Building, Hamptonne House and the Langlois Building – which boasts some of the oldest architectural features on the Island.
At the instigation of the late Joan Stevens, the Island’s three main heritage organisations joined forces to save this unique farm complex and create the Island’s first country life museum. With the assistance of the States of Jersey the Trust acquired Hamptonne, which was then restored and refurbished by the Societe Jersiaise. The Jersey Heritage Trust completed the interpretation of 400 years of rural history.
There is a Café, shop, picnic areas, toilets, sensory garden, and children’s play area on site. There are living history and interactive displays. There is some disabled access to the site. he main entrance and ticket area is situated on the ground floor with step free access. The floor is uneven in areas and is a mixture of tile and concrete surfaces. There is a bench seat in the courtyard immediately outside the reception area. There is a low level ticket desk and reception area where tickets can be bought. The gift shop is also located in this area. Wheelchair loan is available free of charge on request. Bags and coats can be stored on request. The toilets are located in a small building at the end of the main courtyard. The floors are tiled and even throughout. There is a separate accessible toilet with hand rails and emergency cord. All sanitary ware and tiles are white. No dogs are allowed with the exception of guide dogs. Car parking is available a short walk from the site.
Location : Hamptonne Country Life Museum, La Rue de La Patente, St. Lawrence, Jersey JE3 1HS
Transport: Poole Ferry then bus. Bus Routes : 7 stops 10 minutes away.
Opening Times : 27 May to 10 September, Daily 10:00 to 17:00. May and October for pre-booked groups only.
Tickets : Adults £8.70; Children (6+) / Students £5.55; Seniors £7.55.
Tel: 01534 863 955