What to expect from your visit

The Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place, the home of actress Ellen Terry from 1899 to 1928 at Tenterden, Kent

The garden, house and barn theatre are now open, read on to find out more about what to expect from your next visit. You no longer need to book your visits to Smallhythe Place.

In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit. You no longer need to book your visits to Smallhythe Place.

Parking and arrival

Please use the parking on the roadside or the church car park. 

Campervans that are used for transport are welcome but are not permitted to stay overnight. Currently, we’re unable to welcome minibuses or coaches. 

Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow government guidance when you visit. And look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.

You'll find hand sanitizer you can use near the toilet facilities as well as sinks for hand washing in the available toilets.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

Facilities and access 

We are back open every weds-sunday, between 11am - 5pm. There will be welcome talks at various times throughout the day, please ask at reception if you're interested in taking part in one. 

Toilets are available next to visitor reception which are sanitized at least three times a day.

Sadly, we’re not able to open everything at once. Some facilities and areas may remain closed at the moment, so that we're sure that everything we do is safe, but new possibilities are opening up all the time.

Visitor reception will be located next to barn theatre, please follow the signs upon your arrival to locate the reception team. 

Please be aware that there are no food or beverage outlets that will be open during your visit, please bring any refreshements with you. 

Benches are located around the site for visitors to rest as they walk and to enjoy a picnic. 

Dogs are welcome, please keep them on a short lead at all times.

Exploring the garden

Our garden is looking lovely and will continue to do so well into the autumn. However, it might not be quite as you’re used to seeing it. We have a gardener back at work now but with the lost time over the year the garden isn't perhaps as well-groomed as you might be expecting. There are some weeds and rough edges; please bear with us as we do what we can as soon as we can, and instead enjoy all the many other pleasures that our garden has to offer.

Please don't use bikes, scooters and trikes anywhere in the grounds, and please don't bring parasols, wind breakers, tents, gazebos or inflatables on your visit.