JM Barrie's Birthplace

Historic Buildings & Homes

9 Brechin Road, Kirriemuir, Angus, DD8 4BX

    Visit the birthplace of author and playwright JM Barrie, the creator of the much loved Peter Pan.

    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.

    3 Visitor Attraction
    Green Tourism Bronze
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    31 Mar 2016 - 28 Oct 2016

    26 March to 29 June, Thurs-Mon, 12-5
    1 July to 31 August, daily, 11.30-5
    3 September to 31 October, Thurs-Mon, 12-5

    Note: Last entry 4.30


    • Shop J M Barrie’s books, as well as other authors’ titles, are available for sale, in addition to confectionery, souvenirs, site-specific postcards and children’s gifts.


    • Picnic Area


    • Children Welcome
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point Parking is available on the street in front of the cottage, or in the nearby car park (with disabled parking spaces), only 100 yards from the cottage.
    • Parking Free parking is available at the local authority car park in the town centre, 200 metres from the property.

    Public Transport Directions

    J M Barrie's Birthplace is in Kirriemuir, 6 miles NW of Forfar

    By road: A90/A926

    By bus: Strathtay Buses (No 20) from Dundee via Forfar; telephone (01382) 228054


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    • Parking provided for visitors
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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