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"Smallhythe Place" Top 5 Page for this destination Kent Things to Do Tip by Mariajoy

Kent Things to Do: 122 reviews and 271 photos

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  • Smallhythe Place - Kent
  • Costumes on display in The Barn Theatre - Kent
      Costumes on display in The Barn Theatre
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  • Garden Tea Room with wheelchair friendly tables! - Kent
      Garden Tea Room with wheelchair friendly tables!
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  • Upstairs interior - Kent
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  • Ellen Terry - Kent
      Ellen Terry
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Smallhythe is the Kent location of the home of the famous Victorian actress Ellen Terry who lived here between 1899 and 1928 (when she died). She was an incredibly wealthy woman, said to be the second richest woman in Britain after Queen Victoria!

Smallhythe was once (13thC) a thriving shipbuilding port equal in importance to that of Portsmouth. This seems quite unbelieveable today when all that remains of that is a small bridge over a creek. But hundreds of years ago the sea once came right up to the property and it was in fact a harbour masters offices..not a residential dwelling at all.

After her death, Ellen Terry's daughter gave the property over to the National Trust. Entrance for adults is £5 and visitors can see the beautiful interior with it's inglenook fireplaces, uneven wooden floors, paintings, a plethora of Ellen Terry's personal effects.... including dozens of costumes worn during her theatrical career, the small garden, cow byre and ... very importantly, the Barn Theatre.

The upstairs is not accessible to wheelchair users but the downstairs, theatre, garden and tea room do have disabled facilities.

Address: Smallhythe, Kent (B2028)
Directions: Near Tenterden

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 11, 2007
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