Things to see & do

This section of the page features an image gallery, so if you're using a screen reader you may wish to jump to the main content.

Our shipbuilding past

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. 

Costume season

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth in 1888 wearing the beetle wing dress

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth in 1888 wearing the beetle wing dress

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.  

In the Barn Theatre

A Picture of Dorian Gray
Sun 27 September, 7:30pm

A thrilling adaptation of Wilde's only novel. Set in the decadent world of Victorian London, a beautiful, narcissistic young man called Dorian Gray becomes infatuated by the exquisite portrait that Basil Hallward has painted of him.

Group visits

If you're coming on a group visit,  there's a lot to see in the charming 16th-century house and theatre, plus you can wander in the beautiful garden. You can even book a talk in our Barn Theatre about our colourful characters and the history behind the doors. 

Don't miss

  • 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 cafĂ©