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Ellen Terry's early 16th-century house and cottage
Built in the early 16th-century when Smallhythe was a thriving shipbuilding port, Smallhythe Place was purchased by renowned Victorian actress Ellen Terry in 1899.
Her daughter Edith Craig set up the museum in 1929 which is home to a fascinating personal and theatrical collection which highlights Ellen Terry's extraordinary career and unconventional personal life.
Smallhythe Place includes a cottage garden and a charming 17th-century thatched Barn Theatre which provides an opportunity to attend a show with a regular programme of talks and shows.
On your visit, take a look at our information on the shipbuilding in the area and be sure to speak to our knowledgeable guides who can tell you more about the colourful history.
Throughout our open season there's a wide variety of theatrical performances that take place here at Smallhythe, with most of them taking place in our Barn Theatre, which has a very different use now then when it was first built in the late 1600's. With our open season coming to an end the Barn will soon be put to bed for winter, however we're currently working on next year's theatre line up, so keep a close eye on our events page to see what shows we have coming here in 2016.