Smallhythe Place, National Trust

Steeped in history and framed by a sea of roses in summer, Smallhythe Place was the former home to the renowned actress Ellen Terry. It was a peaceful haven away from her busy career treading the boards of London’s West End and is now a museum of her life. Today there are hundreds of artefacts on display from Ellen’s personal and professional collections, including costumes, jewellery, hand-written letters and the famous Beetlewing Dress.

The charming thatched seventeeth century barn in the grounds was transformed into a theatre by Ellen's daughter Edy Craig. Edy was a prolific theatre practitioner herself and converted the barn immediately after her mother died in 1928. Today it is still used for a diverse programme of theatre with a variety of award-winning actors, talks, and exhibitions that take place throughout the year. The characterful Theatre Tearoom offers a variety of refreshments throughout the day and for evening performances.

Set amidst a sea of ever-changing colour, the garden at Smallhythe Place is a tranquil retreat encompassing a traditional rose garden, orchard, nuttery and ponds, all of which are home to an abundance of wildlife. Our work to improve the surroundings and develop the flora and fauna diversity recently won us the Silver Gilt award from Kent Wildlife Trust.


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Smallhythe Place, National Trust

Sunday 5th April 2020 11am - 5pm

This ticket is valid for free entry to Smallhythe Place for two people and includes access to the house, gardens and Barn Theatre on Sunday 5th April only.

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Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe, Tenterden, Kent

TN30 7NG
Opening Times
11am to 5pm
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01580 762334
Standard ticket prices
Adult: £9.25 Child: £4.65
Nearest train station
Rye; Appledore, 8 miles miles
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