Costume Tours

Delve into the store for a peek of the delicate and lavish costumes once worn by Ellen Terry and her actor friends. With fascinating stories attached to each garment, costume tours are an opportunity to discover a rich theatrical history.

  • Booking advisable
  • Admission applies

Costume tours take place on the first Saturday on the month in the afternoons at 1.15pm. Timings may vary, so please make sure you call the property before your visit for further details and to book a place.


Event ticket prices
  • All £5.00
View admission charges
Smallhythe Place


Whole Property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £9.70 £8.80
Child £4.85 £4.40
Family £24.20 £22.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £8.35
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.15

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

The basics

Booking details
Call 01580 762 334
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Meeting point
Visitor Reception
The costume store is located at the back of the house and up an outdoor staircase. Access is limited.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
1 June 2019 13:15 - 14:00 Available
6 July 2019 13:15 - 14:00 Available
3 August 2019 13:15 - 14:00 Available
7 September 2019 13:15 - 14:00 Available
5 October 2019 13:15 - 14:00 Available

Contact Info

Smallhythe Place
Call 01580 762334

Upcoming events

The Gift of Smallhythe Place

Thu 23 May 2019
In 2019 we will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the creation of the Museum and the 80th anniversary of it being bequeathed to The National Trust by Edith Craig.

Tai Chi in the garden

Sat 25 May 2019
Join us for gentle exercise, mental relaxation and fresh air with an hour of Tai Chi in the tranquil gardens of Smallhythe Place.

Three Men In A Boat

Sat 25 May 2019
After the huge success of Old Herbaceous, Kick In The Head productions are back with a rip roaring barrel of fun, Three Men in a Boat, with Giles Shenton (Old Herbaceous himself!) playing the part of Jerome K Jerome.

Rose Month

Wed 29 May 2019
In their finest blooms, discover the roses at Smallhythe Place. With new displays, tours, talks and top tips for looking after your own. From 29th May - 30th June.

Three Little Pig Tails

Wed 29 May 2019
A brand new version of the classic story of the three little pigs set in Paris. A grumpy old wolf is a chef who wants some pigs' tails for his soup. Will the little pigs outwit the wolf and what kind of house will they build? A funny,...

May half-term crafts

Wed 29 May 2019
Join us for Wednesday kids' crafts this May half-term. Get creative with nature making pinecone animals, flowers and decorations.