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Address: 9 Brechin Road, Kirriemuir DD8 4BX, Scotland
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+44 1575 572646
00:00 - 16:30
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J M Barrie, author, playwright and creator of the much loved character...

J M Barrie, author, playwright and creator of the much loved character Peter Pan, was born in this house on 9 May 1860. It was here that he spent his early years, growing up immersed in the traditions of the small weaving community, and finding inspiration in everything around him.

The house is now a museum dedicated to telling the story of J M Barrie. The exhibition rooms explore Barrie's life, the inspirations of his childhood and adult life, his route to success, literary and stage works, and his enduring connection with Kirriemuir. Furniture and personal items that belonged to Barrie help to tell the story.

Elsewhere in the house two rooms have been recreated to appear as they would have done when Barrie was a boy. Along with the wash house, where Barrie rehearsed and performed his childhood plays, these rooms give visitors a sense of what life was like in the busy Barrie household.

The house gives a remarkable insight into J M Barrie’s formative childhood years – in which the seeds of Peter Pan were sown.

The tragic death of his older brother David in a skating accident left his mother inconsolable and Barrie has written of the times he sat on the cottage stairs and wept. He realised that even when he had grown into a man, his mother would always regard David as ‘the boy who wouldn’t grow up’.

The house features furniture, fittings and day-to-day effects which would be familiar to Barrie and his family, as well as memorabilia associated with his later celebrity.

Items include Barrie’s cradle; the silk christening robe used for Barrie and his nine siblings, which was also loaned out to other families in the parish; a copy of Barrie’s contract of payment promising the young Princess Margaret royalties of one penny per performance of his last play, The Boy David; the large oak settle from his Adelphi flat; and Barrie’s original desk from his London flat.

The house also incorporates an exhibition room with a tableau of the young Barrie being told stories by his mother and examples of the original costumes worn at the first production of Peter Pan.

The communal wash-house located outside the house was to play an important part in Barrie’s childhood. He performed his first play there (at the age of seven!) and, according to his dedication in Peter Pan, it was the inspiration behind the house that the Lost Boys built for Wendy in Never-Never Land.

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Ideal for Peter Pan fans

This small cottage where JM Barrie was brought up as a child. It gives a real view of how he lived and how it influenced his writing.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Farnborough, United Kingdom
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Forfar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We parked in the council car park which is free for 2 hours. Then it's only a 3 minute walk. My husband and I enjoyed the visit.

Thank Lawriesj
Farnborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This small cottage where JM Barrie was brought up as a child. It gives a real view of how he lived and how it influenced his writing.

Thank WickersWorld50
St Andrews, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived to hear the NT Advisor named Caroline badgering an older lady into purchasing a year's National Trust pass for herself or for a member of a family - the lady politely refused a number of times and still this NT Advisor persisted. It was very uncomfortable to hear. She then told these ladies that they were not allowed... More 

Thank HappyBeachMum
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of interesting things to discover about JM Barrie and Peter Pan at this quaint old cottage. We visited in a day with Glamis which is just a few miles away. Definitely not to be missed if you have ever seen or read Peter Pan.

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ntsjohn M, Manager at JM Barrie's Birthplace, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words about the property and JM Barrie, I agree a magical place you can feel as if you are walking in the great mans footsteps More 

Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

Barrie's Birthplace is a small, whitewashed Cottage just outside the shopping area on the Brechin road. Although this NTS property is closed in winter I enjoyed seeing it from the outside and wondering at the transition of an infant from such a humble wee house to an author of such repute worldwide. It is clear that Kirriemuir is very proud... More 

Thank johnhouston2
Forest of Dean
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

everyone must know the story of peter pan and this is the birth place of the author its run by the national trust of Scotland and it well looked after, while here we also went up to see his grave and the park with the neverland ship good for kids to play on.

Thank Suzi_Davison
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

For those who have read Peter Pan or watched the movies, come and visit the lovely place where J.M. Barrie lived before moving to London. He also likes Cricket which I enjoy as well. Kirriemuir is a sweet place and very easy parking.

Thank John M
Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

Great day at Kirremuir . J M Barrie auther of Peter Pan. First visit to his headstone / burial spot. Just up the hill a wee bit through a magical gate in the wall, in to a wonderland. The Cricket Pavilion gifted by J M Barrie hosts a Camera Obscura . The Cricket Pavilion sits in the Neverland Park where... More 

Thank Robert T
Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

Lovely quaint cottage with lots of information on the life of J M Barrie. rather difficult to find due to a lack of signposts but well worth persevering. parked outside the cottage and the receptionist is a lovely lady all to willing to welcome you inside. A nice shop full of Barrie souvenirs rounded off an excellent trip.

Thank Clive H
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

I had been before but so long ago I really couldn't remember it. the plus points were its a great place, a treasure and thank goodness it is being looked after. its interesting to find out what other than Peter Pan J M Barrie wrote and what they were about. its not something Id thought about. afterall its all about... More 

Thank Fiona H

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