Opening times for 6 December 2023
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Smallhythe Place is currently closed for the winter season and will re-open on Wednesday 28 February 2024.MTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Parking is free of charge and can be found next to the property in a layby 50 yards from the house. Extra parking is available further along the main road in the Church car park.
The Theatre Tea Room is located next to the Barn Theatre, and serves drinks, cakes, light lunches and snacks.
Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds but regrettably are not allowed in the house or theatre.
Toilets are located in the garden beside the theatre.
No allocated blue badge parking spaces, drop-off at the main gate. Portable ramp for entry to Museum, toilets and tea-room. Ground floor of Museum is wheelchair accessible, restricted access to the upper floor. Two unfenced ponds around the garden.
Blue badge holders are welcome to drop off at the main gate to the property but there are no allocated parking spaces.
Ground floor of Museum is wheelchair accessible, however there is restricted access to the upper floor. Please speak to Visitor Reception for alternative visual aids. Wheelchair users might find some areas of our garden challenging due to uneven paths and steps, please take care.
A portable ramp is available for entry into the Museum, Tea-room and toilets. Please speak to Visitor Reception
Please ask staff on arrival for assistance.
Picnics are welcome in the gardens on our picnic tables located beside the theatre. We politely ask you to take your rubbish home with you.
Smallhythe Place is a one pawprint rated place. Dogs are welcome around the grounds on leads. Here's some useful information to help you enjoy your walk.
Hire the unique Barn Theatre venue in the Kent countryside for your weddings, events, and functions.
The Ellen Terry Museum
The early 16th-century house, once home to renowned Victorian actress Ellen Terry. After her death in 1928, it was transformed into a museum displaying her collection.
Seventeenth-century thatched Barn Theatre, keeping Ellen's legacy alive with a diverse programme of productions in the theatre throughout the year.
A sprawling garden made up of a traditional rose garden, featuring the Ellen Terry rose, orchard, nuttery and ponds.
A 55m long rose pergola, with 52 roses of 9 varieties flowering from May to July.
Built in the early 1900s as a writing space for Christopher St. John, the hut faces the herb garden just below the house she shared with Edy Craig and Clare Atwood.
The Costume Room
A display room within Smallhythe Place showing costumes from Ellen Terry's collection.
The Theatre Tea Room serves drinks, cakes, light lunches and snacks. Located next to the Barn Theatre, it enjoys views of the Kent countryside.
A look into some of Ellen Terry’s most well-known costumes, the process behind their conservation and where you can see them in upcoming exhibitions.
Find out about the Victorian actor Ellen Terry as you browse through the rooms in the house, which have been lovingly turned into a museum packed full of artefacts from her life.
Discover this charming cottage garden surrounding the house, with borders packed full of flowers, an orchard underplanted with bulbs and roses tumbling over the front of the house.
Find out what makes Smallhythe Place a unique house to visit with its cottage garden and historic working theatre.
Immerse yourself in rolling farmland and peaceful countryside. This cosy cottage is the perfect getaway for friends, family and one well-behaved dog.
Sitting on the edge of Sissinghurst Castle’s gardens, this is the perfect spot for garden lovers.
Located on the grounds of Sissinghurst Castle Garden, this stunning Victorian Farmhouse offers a luxurious bed and breakfast service in the very heart of the Weald of Kent.
Built in the early 16th-century when Smallhythe was a thriving shipbuilding port, Smallhythe Place was later purchased by renowned Victorian actress, Ellen Terry, in 1899. A year after her passing in 1928 her daughter, Edith Craig, transformed the house into a museum which now displays a fascinating personal and theatrical collection that reflects Ellen's extraordinary career and unconventional private life.
For the past two years a team of archaeologists have dug trenches in and around Smallhythe Place, revisiting a site once investigated by the Time Team. In August 2023, the team returned for a third dig. Discover more about their work here.
Discover the history of Smallhythe Place, from a centre for royal ship building to the home of Ellen Terry, one of the most famous Shakespearean actors of the Victorian times.
Find out more about Edith Craig and her work with partner Christopher St John to further the suffrage movement’s cause for the right to vote.
The community of workers living in Smallhythe made it a thriving and successful port. Learn about what was there before the shipyard’s decline in the 16th century.
Follow the journey of conservation at the places in our care in a new series, Hidden Treasures of the National Trust, broadcast on the BBC. Go behind the scenes and hear from the experts and conservators who look after many treasured objects, including Ellen Terry's famous Beetlewing dress and a collection of illustrations by Pamela Coleman Smith at Smallhythe Place. Catch up on our episode on BBC iPlayer here.
Discover the work displayed at Smallhythe Place by Pamela Coleman Smith, illustrator, designer and close friend to Ellen Terry.
Find out about the work we do in the winter months to maintain and conserve the museum, house, theatre and garden at Smallhythe, ready for the next season, including costume conservation.
Joanna Lumley follows in some famous footsteps as patron of the Barn Theatre. Discover how her local connections, love of the stage and acting pedigree make her the perfect choice.