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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.
A small house big on charm
The former home of Victorian actress Dame Ellen Terry, is steeped in history, ranging from its earlier shipbuilding days to a working farm and then more recently a home to theatre. It's got a cottage garden, orchard and nuttery to boot. Enjoy a cup of tea overlooking the fields beyond and absorb that atmosphere of a small but charming place.
Smallhythe Place has many hidden secrets and stories so pop by and see us to find out lots more.