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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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Elgin, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Lovely building you can feel the history as you walk around the cottage. Friendly staff at reception and each room does show you how J M Barrie developed his story and how highly regarded he was in literary circles. Highly recommended.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We were not particularly struck on our visit to Barrie's birthplace. The cottage itself was fine and there were some interesting bits and pieces. The garden opposite was nothing special, nor was the 'washhouse'. We did not enjoy the long preamble from the woman at reception, who couldn't accept we had the passes we did because they were cheaper than... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Tiny but informative museum in JM Barrie's birthplace. Lovely guide to give you the story and set you on your way. Very interesting and quite touching

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Very well done. A most atmospheric place. You could feel Barrie in it. Staff very pleasant, informative and helpful

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Western Australia
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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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