JM Barrie's Birthplace

JM Barrie's Birthplace, Kirriemuir

JM Barrie's Birthplace
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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Victor Z
Dundee, UK2 contributions
wrong opening times stated
Sep 2021
Went today found it shut openings stated on this page are incorrect.
The correct opening times are Saturday or Sunday 1100 to 1600 only
This is from May to 31st October
Written September 17, 2021
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Noor A
Glasgow, UK55 contributions
A chill day out at the Peter Pan's creator house
Sep 2021
A nice wee place to visit during the weekend - we were there yesterday (Sunday) and loved it! There is no need to book for this place. However, you need to wear mask and maintain social distancing. The lady at the till was friendly. It did not take long to finish the visit, I think about 30-45 mins in total. There is a garden with crocodile sculpture outside the house, go for it. We sat down at the table for lunch - only one table available. Garden is well kept and there is a shed of free books as well. Highly recommended. The town centre is just outside the venue so go get your tea/coffee after the visit!.
Written September 6, 2021
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michaeljamesgamm2018
Arbroath, UK35 contributions
Don’t think it is open just now due to COVID 19.
Aug 2020
had walk round kirriemuir walked up to the camera view area over looking the glens and kirriemuir then walked to jm barrie's home it was closed due to covid 19 lovely views
Written October 11, 2020
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kjf_x
Carnoustie, UK1,207 contributions
Don’t think it is open just now due to COVID 19.
Sep 2020 • Couples
Lovely gardens and walk around the house but the inside is currently closed I have been before and it is worth a visit but I think just now they are not able to open due to current situation.
Written September 27, 2020
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KAW687
London, UK1,919 contributions
Friendly little place
Aug 2019
Had a very warm welcome to J M Barrie's 1st home, the lady on the desk couldn't have been more helpful. It is presented very nicely. We purchased quite a lot from the shop. It was a bit disappointing not to be allowed to take photos in the house. There was time limited on street parking.
Written January 11, 2020
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MrandMrsMinion
Scotland, UK65 contributions
Worth a wee visut
Jul 2019 • Couples
We were travelling through Kirriemuir and made a point of stopping to visit J.M. Barrie’s birthplace as we are NTS members and it was on our wish list to visit someday. Although it’s a small museum it’s very interesting and I learned a lot. It’s like stepping back in time.
The curator was lovely and made us feel very welcome.
Written November 17, 2019
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Reginald S
Lancaster, UK52 contributions
An Education
Sep 2019 • Solo
Tried to visit last year but it was closed. My second try was successful and was truly an education. I had no idea that J. M. Barrie has been such s prolific author and playwright and the visit taught me so much about an interesting and sometimes melancholy life. My visit was free as I belong to The Scottish National Trust but the entry fee was very reasonably priced. A lovely helpful lady greeted us and gave us all of the information we wanted - this was truly a great venue to visit and a good day out - highly recommended.
Written September 27, 2019
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Divadolly
Angus, UK196 contributions
Very interesting
Aug 2018 • Couples
This little house is very interesting to look round. It still has all the furniture in it from when JM Barrie lived there with his family. You can see some of his clothes and his writing desk. Outside is a little washhouse where he used to play. There is also a small garden with a sculpture of a crocodile in it
Written July 28, 2019
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MEMG
16 contributions
Well worth the visit
Apr 2019 • Family
We visited with our children and they loved learning about JM Barrie. It inspired them to read the full Peter Pan story and learn about other authors.
Written July 13, 2019
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Really glad your children enjoyed their visit to the house, it really gives a background on JM Barrie and his humble beginnings.
Written July 15, 2019
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Lucy D
Helensburgh, UK50 contributions
Magical Insight into the early life of JM Barrie
Jun 2019 • Friends
Made a special trip to visit this house and it didn't disappoint. Curator was lovely. Very friendly and informative. The house itself is very small with 2 tiny rooms upstairs and 2 downstairs. Luckily there were very few visitors so we were able to enjoy the experience uninterrupted. The downstairs rooms were used mainly for the father's workshop and business but the rooms upstairs are a window into the early life of JM Barrie. Warm and evocatove, they are full of personal effects used by the Barrie family. You can really feel what it must have been like for Mrs Barrie to be bringing up all those children in such a confined space. There is a small exhibition in the neighbouring house which details some of Barrie's cricket memorabilia. Unfortunately we were unable to see the wash house where Barrie put on some of his early plays but the garden is well worth a visit and contains a ticking crocodile. A great experience where you were given a real sense of walking in the author's footsteps. Would highly recommend.
Written July 3, 2019
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Hi Lucy, Really glad you enjoyed your visit to the Birthplace, it really does give an idea of JM Barrie's origins and his humble background and upbringing. Sorry you were unable to visit the wash house, we've just had it re-pointed and sadly there's not been many nice days to fit this in until last week. Hopefully you'll be able to make it back again in the future and get a little visit to the wash house.
Written July 4, 2019
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JM Barrie's Birthplace is open:
  • Fri - Mon 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM