Smallhythe Place

Important notice -

Smallhythe Place is now closed for winter conservation and will reopen on Wednesday 2 March 2022.

Ellen Terry's early 16th-century house and cottage gardens

Smallhythe Place

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The Church Scene in Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare depicting Ellen Terry as 'Beatrice' and Sir Henry Irving as 'Benedick'

'Much Ado About Something' at Smallhythe Place 

Ellen Terry was an A-list celebrity of the Victorian age. Costumes and memorabilia relating to one of her most acclaimed roles, in Shakespeare’s 'Much Ado About Nothing' in 1882, are on display together for the first time in the Costume Room at Smallhythe Place in Kent.

Detail of the Beetle Wing dress

'Beetle Wing Dress' 

Behold this dazzling, emerald-green dress embroidered with iridescent beetle-wing cases, worn by Ellen Terry in the role of Lady Macbeth. Smallhythe Place, Kent.

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Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Smallhythe Place on the National Trust Collections website