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Address: 9 Brechin Road, Kirriemuir DD8 4BX, Scotland
Phone Number: 441575572646
12:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Thu - Mon 12:00 am - 4:30 pm

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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Quite a little jewel and packed with relevant information

Parked down the hill from the town centre and hiked to here after stopping off for lunch on the way. Very helpful NTS attendant and we learned a lot about Barrie and his family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Parked down the hill from the town centre and hiked to here after stopping off for lunch on the way. Very helpful NTS attendant and we learned a lot about Barrie and his family.

Thank MuchtravelledIV
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a day out to Kirriemuir and visited the house that J.M Barrie author of Peter Pan was born and brought up in. Thoroughly enjoyed it and it was very interesting to learn about his childhood and life. There is also a Peter Pan statue in the garden and town centre.

Thank 14SCL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderfull visit to Barrie's Birthplace our guide was excellent, very informative of Barrie's lifetime, and the history of Barrie's works, a very enjoyable time there and very worth a visit. We hadn't realised that J.M.Barrie had written so many books, plays etc.

Thank Bill J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Both my children aged 11 and 5 loved the visit to JM Barrie's birthplace. They each had a treasure hunt / quiz to complete and the older one had to read thorough a lot of the information to answer the questions. We learnt a lot about the life of Barrie and his works.

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

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit. Its great to hear that you learned so much more about The great man and his history many thanks More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

I admit that I am not well acquainted with JM Barrie. I've never read Peter Pan or any of his other works. I do know that the Peter Pan from the book is not much like the Peter Pan from the movies. I did find this place quite interesting. It is a time capsule of the life of JM Barrie's... More 

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

Many thanks for your review, nice to hear you enjoyed your visit and learned so much more about the man More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

J. M. Barrie. Born and buried in one of Scotland's more attractive little towns, Kirriemuir, and one of Scotland's most famous sons, was the author of Peter Pan. There's a bronze of Peter in The Beautuful Square of Kirriemuir... but the birthplace itself is well worth the trouble to find. Sir James Mathew Barrie's wee tenement house wuth the wash-house... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

The house is easy to find with signposts on most corners in the town. There is a public car park some five minutes away. Similar to many NTS properties the building is well looked after and laid out to resemble J.M Barrie's childhood home. There are 19th century household items to which a number of the playwrites 'later' items have... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

Interesting place to visit. Full of facts about barries life as a young boy. Where he grew up and put on his first ever play and where his inspiration for Peter pan came from

Thank Jim C
Kirriemuir, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

J.M. Barrie's house is very near the town centre, it would only take a few minutes to get there and the house is sign posted. it is a small house with the bed room upstairs, the guides are very knowledgeable and helpful. You can buy gifts at the gift shop in the house and gather a lot of information as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Stopped off here after a weekend away in Arbroath. Despite the poor weather, this was a lovely place to visit. It is small, but well laid out and informative. Spent about 50 minutes here exploring at our leisure. Lady on duty that day was very informative and knowledgeable about the house.

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

Many thanks for taking the time to post review. Really pleased you like the new layout and the story of JM Barrie We re presented the property last year and refreshed the rooms and information, its been a real success story Once again many thanks for your review More 

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