J M Barrie's Birthplace

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In this two-storeyed house J M Barrie (1860-1937), the creator of Peter Pan, was born. The upper floors are furnished as they may have been when Barrie lived there. The adjacent house, No 11, contains an exhibition – The Genius of J M Barrie – about Barrie’s literary and theatrical works. The outside wash-house is said to have been his first theatre. Audio programme. The garden has been redeveloped to include a living-willow crocodile, Peter Pan statue and a ‘Pirates’ Workshop’ for schools events. In 2004, join in the centenary celebrations of the publication of Peter Pan. In 1930, J M Barrie was given the freedom of Kirriemuir. He subsequently presented the town with the cricket pavilion on Kirrie Hill, and the Camera Obscura within it. The Camera Obscura is opened in cooperation with Angus Council. (At times, it will be unable to operate due to weather conditions, which may result in closure for the whole day.) At Barrie’s death there was a proposal to remove the birthplace to the USA, but in 1937 Mr D Alves bought it and gave it to the Trust with funds for restoration.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

1 Apr to 30 Jun and 1 to 30 Sep, Fri-Tue 12-5
1 Jul to 31 Aug, daily 12-5.

Admission charges

Combined ticket with Camera Obscura:
Adult £5, concession £3.75, adult group £4, child group/school group £1, family £13.50.

Additional info

Visitors with Disabilities:
Garden, wash-house. Ramp to reception room and tearoom.
Stairlift. Toilets 100 metres. Parking outside house. Braille information sheets. Induction loop for the hard-of-hearing.

Collection details

Literature, Personalities, Social History

J M Barrie's Birthplace
9 Brechin Road




01575 572646

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