Things to see & do
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Located under the cow byre in the garden near the big pond you'll find our exhibition which delves into the history of Smallhythe Place during it's shipbuilding days.
This fascinating work dates as far back as the 13th Century, at which time Smallhythe was seen as one of the most significant shipyards in Medieval England. It's hard to imagine now how close the water once was but ask our guides more about where the shipbuilding would have taken place when you visit us.
We have lots of new and exciting things planned for 2015, with some of them involving our vast costume collection. New to this season you can join a member of our house team as they take you behind the scenes and show you around our costume room or as we like to call it; 'Ellen Terry's wardrobe.' We'll also be displaying our dress of the month chosen by our house steward, so if you're visiting us on a weekend throughout our open months, then you'll have a rare chance to see a costume that Ellen Terry wore on the stage.
Ellen Terry's War
Take a look at our new video exhibition focusing on the life of Ellen Terry during the time of the great war, with unseen material brought to life by the voices of Dame Eileen Atkins and Charles Collingwood. The film is 20 minutes, for any more information please call 01580 762334.
- Upcoming events in the barn and in the garden
- Shipbuilding exhibition, learn about Smallhythe's early history
- All book lovers should check out our large collection of second-hand books
- Great walks through the garden, up to the church and the public footpath next to the stream
- Our new range of gifts in the café