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

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice way to spend an hour or so. We were surprised just how small it was and how such a large family could co exist. A bit expensive at £6.50 each.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very. Good. Good. Place to go With. Family. Very interesting part of world history & also a look into the mind of a writer who never grew up

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a lover of children literature, Peter Pan especially, to visit the authors home was a real treat. If History or literature interests you then this is well worth a visit! See the very rooms J.M Barrie lived in with his large family and feel history come alive around you. There is also a wonderful gift shop filled with Peter... More 

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

Many thanks for your review of the property. Yes I agree it is an amazing property, to see the original manuscript and the very desk where so many great works were penned. Inspiring. Once again many thanks. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A fascinating glimpse into the house where JM Barrie was born. We were surprised to see how small the rooms were and speculated about how the 9th child of a handloom weaver had ever received an education (given the time) to enable him to write such great literature.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

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 July 20, 2016 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 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.

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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 

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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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