Hamptonne Country Life Museum

Hamptonne Country Life Museum

Hamptonne Country Life Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Step back in time to rural Jersey at Hamptonne Country Life Museum, a traditional 15th-century house and farm. The main buildings are named after past owners – the Langlois, Hamptonne and Syvret families – who lived at Hamptonne between the 15th and 19th centuries. You can explore the different farmhouses and meet characters from the past who will tell you about Jersey life through the centuries. The story of Jersey’s cider-making history is told in the cider barn, or ‘pressoir’, and in the cider apple orchard where you’ll learn about the different apple varieties that make Jersey cider the best of its kind. Take a peaceful walk around the farm and stop for a picnic. Meet our calves, lambs, chickens and piglets – and there is a children’s play area on the grounds too.
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Devon, UK86 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Parking. Poor signage. Beware if you approach from the North, You cannot see the sign. Turn the car around and you will spot it!

We visited on a Saturday morning in May for 1 ½ hours at a cost of £10.30 per adult (we’d used up our ‘4 for 3 Heritage Passes’). The museum felt lifeless as there was only one member of staff (at reception). Later another appeared (caring for the animals). The cafe was closed although free DIY tea & coffee was provided and there were lots of picnic tables available throughout the place. There were no tours, talks or costumed ‘characters’.

However the booklets (for the buildings) and the boards were both readable and informative. It was an interesting depiction of Jersey rural life, from the 15th Century onwards.

Building work was taking place to extend the Museum. The noise (especially the modern music blaring out) detracted from the historical experience.

Children seemed to be really enjoying the venue with a playground, free roaming hens & cockerels and pigs, and cows and rabbits you could get close to. Sheep could be spotted in a field.
Written May 22, 2022
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We've fed back to the builders about the music. Thank you for making us aware. Great tip for the parking too, thank you.
Written June 27, 2022
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Angela49923
New England, ND11 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
We bought the heritage membership for the year this worked out cheaper than the 4 for 3 deal. We left Hamptonne Country Museum to our last visit. We had such a wonderful time here we wished we'd visited it first ! This place is so incredible interesting for adults and children. We joined a tour which started at 11:15. This tour is run daily and I can highly recommend it as it brings the village to life. Vic was our guide and he was so knowledgeable. He pointed out things we'd have missed if we'd walked around by ourselves. His enthusiasm for the place was infectious. We also tasted the cider produced at the site. Vic not only told us the history of Hamptonne but also about Jersey including their agricultural past.
Children also have the opportunity to enjoy the play area, explore mini beast and visit the sheep, chickens and rabbits. There were lambs and baby chicks plus two calves when we visited. There is also plenty of outside space to roam around and play or enjoy a picnic.
There are toilets and a cafe on site.
Whilst we were there we were shown the methods of weaving and all the different types of wool. The lady was in traditional attire. She was extremely knowledgeable and took time to answer any questions. Depending what day you go they have different people showing you different ways of life from the past. They dress in traditional clothing.
Written April 4, 2023
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carrie w
Ipswich, UK1,231 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
My friends, who live in Jersey took me here today. It’s a Jersey Heritage site. You can feed the hens and chickens, so buy some feed when you come in.
The mixture of animals, sheep, cows, chickens and pigs combined with the museums are amazing. You can see the houses and farm set up from the past. They had staff dressed up, talking about life in the past. There is an outside play park for the kids and a small play barn for the children inside too.
Lots of grasses areas for picnic.
They have a lovely cafe and do takeaway hot drinks you can buy and walk around with.
The walk through the orchard was lovely, seeing all the apples on the trees was nice too.
If you took a picnic or had a cafe lunch, listened to the talks and spent a time at the park this place could last a decent amount of your day.
We only spent the morning here but could have spent longer.
There is also apartments you can stay in on the grounds too.
Written August 16, 2021
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Emma-Louise T
1 contribution
Jul 2022
We had a fantastic day out last week at the Hamptonne Country Life Museum. We love these sorts of museums and this did not disappoint. The staff were all super helpful and knowledgeable, especially Dave who gets a special mention for going out of his way to tell us about the museum and animals, show us the Colombier and talk to our son and involve him. he also gave a very knowledgable talk about the tradition of cider making in Jersey. The museum shows what the farm would have been like in varying time periods, and really had a feeling of days gone by. There are lots of animals to see for the children and my son got to feed the chickens which was a highlight. We learnt all about the tradition of the Jersey Bonnet from a lady in costume who was king them as well as herbal remedies and cooking. It’s a lovely location with a lovely walk around the woodland too. Nice cafe and shop. Easy parking too! Would definitely recommend and we could go back on our next visit to Jersey.
Written July 24, 2022
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What a fantastic review, thank you. The team at Hamptonne are fantastic and Dave is one of our amazing volunteers who comes to the site to help share the stories of Jersey's rural life.
Written July 27, 2022
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savishopper@btinternet.com
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
Nov 2021
We have just returned from a trip to Jersey and the highlight of this trip was our visit to Hamptonne Country Life Museum. We were welcomed by very friendly staff and taken immediately to the Cider Processing Barn. Steve explained thoroughly how cider was made and also enlightened us with tales of Jersey. He then told us that we must meet Gillian the Spinner and step back in history. Gillian, who was a wealth of information, was dressed in traditional Jersey clothes of a housewife centuries ago. A roaring fire was burning in the room where Gillian worked and the whole scene was authentic and we felt immersed in the history. Gillian the Spinner demonstrated the different types of fleeces and how they were spun and we certainly learnt a great deal. She told us the story of Jersey Stockings which were a very important trade in the past, with nearly every household knitting them. There are several rooms furnished in the styles of different eras up to 1938 just prior to WWII. After a very interesting tour we made our way to the Cafe where Florence made us very welcome and served us delicious cake and tea. Before leaving Caroline Kelly the Gardien wished us well and hoped that we would return, which of course we will. Finally we wish to say that all the staff we met at Hamptonne were a credit to Jersey Heritage.
Written November 9, 2021
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Sarah Louise R
Diss, UK112 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
This ended up being a compromise! I wanted to do the war tunnels, 9 year old was terrified at the idea of them. We found Hamptonnes instead.

It was a lovely way to spend a few hours and the price reflects the short time it takes to visit. It tied in nicely with by 9 year olds school curriculum as they are doing farming and food production.

We saw piglets, sheep, calves and chickens (which we could feed). The buildings were educational but not overwhelmingly so.

We just got drinks and a snack from the cafe but they were good and the play area was well received.
Written July 3, 2021
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joaniebinedinburgh
Edinburgh612 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Highly enjoyable as we arrived just in time for the 11.15 guided tour with a volunteer. Dave did an excellent job of bringing the place to life and as a bonus took us to the pigeon house when we were leaving. It was great fun to taste the cider made there, even if it was a tad tart. It was enjoyable to see the farm animals particularly the chickens roaming around.

Cafe has a small choice of reasonably priced items - baked potatoes, sandwiches and savoury items.

If we hadn’t gone the wrong way, it takes around 5-10 minutes to walk to Hamptonne from the bus stop.
Written August 4, 2023
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We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. Dave is a great guide and really knowledgeable about Hamptonne. Did you know that Hamptonne has two apartments you can stay in? Maybe next time you visit you could stay in the Cider Barn or Stable Apartment!
Written August 10, 2023
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Kinedi
County Durham, UK263 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
A fantastic glimpse into Jersey's rural past.

We arrived just as a guided tour was starting so we got some great up front information on the buildings, the people who lived there and Mr Hamptonne himself. We then had a wander around ourselves at a very leisurely pace on a sunny afternoon. It was a very interesting visit.

We had a coffee & cake in the cafe but you can certainly bring your own picnic and just enjoy the beautiful setting.
Written August 24, 2021
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Andrew K
Cardiff, UK392 contributions
Sep 2021
Others have explained what this museum is all about. It hasn't been "prettyified" which at first makes it seem a bit tatty but then you realise that this is how people really lived at various times in the past. It was very quiet on the day we went (Air Show Day) but my wife was able to have a long chat with a lady demonstrating spinning. The Museum is in the depths of the countryside and signage to it could be better.
Written September 11, 2021
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Thank you for your review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written September 13, 2021
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AshleyG9645
Cannock, UK364 contributions
Jul 2021
Not the biggest attraction but well worth a visit. The buildings are set out in various periods from the 1500's to the mid 20th century. Some real life exhibits including weaving and sowing. Plenty of chickens, some pigs, jersey calves and sheep. Great for kids
Written July 29, 2021
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Thank you for your lovely review of Hamptonne. The sheep are a new addition to the site this year, they are doing a great job of eating all the weeds in the meadow as well as keeping our visitors entertained!
Written August 9, 2021
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