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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 houses a fascinating personal and theatrical collection. The collection highlights Ellen Terry's extraordinary career and unconventional personal life.

Smallhythe Place includes a beautiful cottage garden and a charming 17th-century thatched Barn Theatre which provides an opportunity to attend a show.

Behind the scenes

Backstage tours at Smallhythe Place © Frances Brind

Wednesday and Saturdays, 2pm.

With Smallhythe's theatre season just around the corner now might be a great opportunity to join in with one of our backstage tours; where you can see lots of otherwise hidden treasures.

Small but big on charm

Ellen Terry's house, garden and the beautiful Barn Theatre reflect the character of this great Victorian actress. A trip to Smallhythe Place is one rich in both theatrical and naval history, and one not to be missed.

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