Smallhythe Place - National Trust

Ellen Terry’s early 16th-century house and cottage gardens.
The half-timbered house, built for the harbourmaster in the early 16th century when Smallhythe was a thriving shiphuilding yard, was the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 to 1928 and contains her fascinating theatre collection. The cottage grounds include her rose garden, orchard, nuttery, a wonderful display of wild flowers and the Barn Theatre, which holds exhibitions and regular performances of plays, music and talks.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

£4.25, child £1.90, family £10.


  • National Trust

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Personalities

Key artists and exhibits

  • Dame Ellen Terry

Smallhythe Place - National Trust
TN30 7NG



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