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J.M. Barrie's Birthplace

9 Brechin Road, Kirriemuir DD8 4BX, Scotland
0844 493 2142
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Ranked #3 of 8 attractions in Kirriemuir
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: The creator of Peter Pan, novelist and dramatist J M Barrie, was born here in 1860, one of a handloom weaver's ten children. The outside wash house... more » Owner description: The creator of Peter Pan, novelist and dramatist J M Barrie, was born here in 1860, one of a handloom weaver's ten children. The outside wash house was his first theatre.The house next door, No. 11, is home to an imaginative exhibition about Barrie's life and works, as well as a garden with a living-willow crocodile. « less
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Western Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We purposely stopped at Kirriemuir on our drive to the Cairngorms as our 4 year old daughter loves the story of Peter Pan. The lady who welcomed us was very nice and friendly and certainly had an in depth and large working knowledge of Mr Barrie's life and work. However, our 4 year old found it impossible to listen to... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I suspect that some visitors expect this to be all about Peter Pan but of course J.M. Barrie wrote so much more and it was interesting to learn about his life and to explore a typical Scottish cottage of the period.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Who would of thought that that the author of Peter Pan was born in the small town of Kirriemuir. J M Barrie's early years were growing up with 7 siblings in a weavers cottage. " siblings had died before J M Barrie had been born.It must have been so cramped. He had a passion for reading. Educated in Scotland, he... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Make sure you have several hours to spend in Kirriemuir as there is plenty to see and do. My second visit and didn't disappoint. You get a sense of JM Barrie's early life and influences. The staff were friendly and engaged our two boys by setting them a challenge. Make sure you visit the other parts of the trail and... More

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Kirriemuir
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

The staff are very nice there and very helpful. It's a very interesting place to look round for adults and children. Well worth the money. There's a little gift shop as well

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

A very good way to learn more about J M Barrie, and the complexities of the man. Judiciously chosen artefacts, including photos, and a good standard of written commentary on them. I learned a lot quickly, and became sufficiently interested in the story of the man as to buy a first rate book about him that the NTS had for... More

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

A lovely little cottage where J.M. Barrie was born and brought up. It gave an excellent insight into his early life and circumstances. It also has furniture from his later London flat. One of the bedrooms has been turned into a children's playroom, with dressing up clothes which kids are encouraged to use to make up their own plays. Well... More

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

A must for Peter Pan fans! Interesting wee place with emphasis on the wee. Even with the added neighbouring house the birthplace museum is small. Very interesting, well presented, things to interest children but expensive admission for what it is. Would have felt done if we hadn't already been National Trust members and therefore 'free.'

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Very interesting look at the early days of a very interesting and iconic play write . Lots of information and a volunteer who was very willing to chat and educate. It's amazing how families lived and worked in these little houses. It gives a good understanding of Kirriemuir life and cottage industry in general. Combine your day with the Obscura... More

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Fife
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We had been looking forward to visiting this family home of J.M. Barrie but were very disappointed by the lack of information and poor layout of the exhibit. We left feeling we knew little more about the author, his life and his works than when we arrived and the way the exhibits had been grouped into rooms featuring different aspects... More

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

What a sad comment on one of Scotlands greatest authors and playwrights, fortunately and balancing your feedback we have glowing reports both via trip advisor and our visitor comments book within the property. We do take all comments seriously but they have to be balanced, we do concur that more could be done to tell the story of Barrrie but... More

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