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Smallhythe Place


Type:Historic House / Palace

Ellen Terry Memorial Museum, Smallhythe Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7NG

Tel: +44 01580 762334

Smallhythe Place


Nestled in the Kentish countryside and set amidst a sea of roses, Smallhythe Place is a humble oasis that once belonged to renowned actress Ellen Terry. 

For Ellen, the house was a peaceful haven away from her busy career treading the boards of London’s West End. When she died in 1928 her daughter and prolific theatre practitioner, Edy Craig, converted the house into a museum of her life, and the 17th century barn into a working theatre.

Today there are hundreds of artefacts on display from Ellen’s personal and professional collections, including costume jewellery, hand-written letters and the famous Beetlewing Dress. The Barn Theatre in the garden hosts a number of performances from a variety of award-winning actors throughout the year, as well as historic talks and exhibitions. The garden is home to over 50 breeds of roses, an orchard, nuttery, ponds and protected wildlife, in addition to hosting open-air productions in the summer months.

The Theatre Tearoom is open 11.00am-4.30pm. For latest prices and opening times please visit the National Trust website.



  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Small refreshment kiosk open at busy times in summer.

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


Map & Directions

Road Directions


From junction 9 of the M20 take the A28 to Tenterden. At the end of the High Street turn left onto the B2082. The house is about 2 1/2 miles on the left.

Public Transport Directions


5 miles from Appledore Railway Station. bus number 400 to Tenterden the 312 to Smallhythe.


  • Visit England Awards -Code of Practice Code of Practice 2012
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

2018 (7 Mar 2018 - 28 Oct 2018)

* Open Wed - Sun 11am - 5pm

Café is open 11.30 – 4.30

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