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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.

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.

Music and Beer Festival VIII

30 August, 11-11pm

The Kent Famous Music and Beer festival returns to Smallhythe Place. With a great variety of music and lots of beers and ciders to choose from, plus a BBQ and wine tent, there’s something for everyone to enjoy

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