Ellen Terry's early 16th-century house and cottage gardens
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 fasinating personal and theatrical collection that reflects Ellen's extraordinary career and unconventional private life.
Smallhythe Place includes a colourful cottage garden, a vintage tea room and a charming 17th-century thatched Barn Theatre. Ellen's legacy is kept alive today with a diverse programme of productions in the theatre and garden that are performed throughout the year.