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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.

What's on

Test your skill by making an Easter bunny mask

Kid's activities 
Every Wednesday in August

Come along to Smallhythe Place this August and bring the kids along, because each Wednesday in August we have our creative activities, including mask, clay and puppet making and many others. Taking place between 2 & 4pm, free for all the family (normal house admission applies.) 

Smallhythe Theatre

Farewell to the stage
Sunday 6 September, 3pm

A script in hand performance of Harley Granville-Barker's last play, presented by Eileen Page and David Delve. A famous actress decides the time has come to retire. This one-act play, written in 1916 when Granville-Barker was in America coincided with his disillusionment with the possibility for a progressive theatre in England.

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