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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.

Half term fun

The Magic porridge pot
Wed 27 May, 2:30 - 4pm

Join the Widdershins this May half term as they present puppet theatre at it's very best, fun for all the family.

Father's day fun

Robin Hood the Musical
Sunday 21 June, 6 - 8pm 

This Father's day we have a special treat for dads and all the family, with Robin Hood and his band of merry men coming to Smallhythe, as Cambridge touring theatre put their musical spin on this well loved classic. 

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