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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.
Spring blooms at Smallhythe
With the garden back in bloom, there's plenty to see outside. Easter isn't far off either - pick up one of our property leaflets or ask at reception to find out what's going on at Smallhythe.