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JM Barrie's Birthplace

9 Brechin Road, Kirriemuir DD8 4BX, Scotland
+44 1575 572646
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Mixed feelings

We found the property easily enough but couldn't figure how to get in as there was no sign from... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Worth a visit.

Limited opening times at present, so check before you plan a visit. Very interesting place, quite... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brian E
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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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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9 Brechin Road, Kirriemuir DD8 4BX, Scotland
+44 1575 572646
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We found the property easily enough but couldn't figure how to get in as there was no sign from the street. We round the back and found a sign pointing to a large house away from JM Barrie's house. Then out popped a lady from...More

Thank prolificmary
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Limited opening times at present, so check before you plan a visit. Very interesting place, quite small but you can imagine JM Barrie getting his inspiration for Peter Pan.

Thank Brian E
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

We parked in the council car park which is free for 2 hours. Then it's only a 3 minute walk. My husband and I enjoyed the visit.

Thank Lawriesj
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This small cottage where JM Barrie was brought up as a child. It gives a real view of how he lived and how it influenced his writing.

Thank WickersWorld50
Reviewed 8 May 2017

We arrived to hear the NT Advisor named Caroline badgering an older lady into purchasing a year's National Trust pass for herself or for a member of a family - the lady politely refused a number of times and still this NT Advisor persisted. It...More

3  Thank HappyBeachMum
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Lots of interesting things to discover about JM Barrie and Peter Pan at this quaint old cottage. We visited in a day with Glamis which is just a few miles away. Definitely not to be missed if you have ever seen or read Peter Pan.

Thank yhi904
ntsjohn M, Manager at JM Barrie's Birthplace, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thanks for your kind words about the property and JM Barrie, I agree a magical place you can feel as if you are walking in the great mans footsteps

Reviewed 27 March 2017

Barrie's Birthplace is a small, whitewashed Cottage just outside the shopping area on the Brechin road. Although this NTS property is closed in winter I enjoyed seeing it from the outside and wondering at the transition of an infant from such a humble wee house...More

Thank johnhouston2
Reviewed 22 October 2016

everyone must know the story of peter pan and this is the birth place of the author its run by the national trust of Scotland and it well looked after, while here we also went up to see his grave and the park with the...More

Thank Suzi_Davison
Reviewed 17 October 2016

For those who have read Peter Pan or watched the movies, come and visit the lovely place where J.M. Barrie lived before moving to London. He also likes Cricket which I enjoy as well. Kirriemuir is a sweet place and very easy parking.

Thank John M
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Great day at Kirremuir . J M Barrie auther of Peter Pan. First visit to his headstone / burial spot. Just up the hill a wee bit through a magical gate in the wall, in to a wonderland. The Cricket Pavilion gifted by J M...More

Thank Robert T
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