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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

Visit the gardens in spring for a display of the rare Snakehead Fritillary © National Trust

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.

Small but big on charm

Ellen Terry's house, garden and the beautiful Barn Theatre reflect the character of this great Victorian actress. A trip to Smallhythe Place is one rich in both theatrical and naval history, and one not to be missed.

Don't worry if it's raining

You can still take a wander around the house or maybe watch a show in the theatre.