Stop by the washhouse where the young author performed his first play at the age of seven.
J M Barrie’s Birthplace is a typical weaver’s house; everyone lived upstairs and the windows are large so that looms could be removed.
Look out for original costumes from the first production of Peter Pan.
See the box beds where the Barrie children would have slept crowded together.
J M Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, spent his childhood in this small whitewashed cottage, and it’s here that you can see traces of the creative spirit he was set to become.
The son of a weaver, Barrie lived with his seven brothers and sisters in two upstairs rooms, while his father’s weaving workshop was downstairs. The washhouse in the yard was Barrie’s first theatre – and may even have inspired the Wendy House in Peter Pan.
An exhibition tells the story of his life and work and includes the writing desk from Barrie’s London flat where he penned Peter Pan.
The house gives a remarkable insight into J M Barrie’s formative childhood years, in which the seeds of Peter Pan were sown.
Exhibition rooms explore Barrie's life and his enduring connection with Kirriemuir.
Two rooms have been re-created to appear as they would have done when Barrie was a boy. Along with the washhouse, where Barrie rehearsed and performed his childhood plays, these rooms give you a sense of what life was like in the busy Barrie household.
Books by J M Barrie and other authors are for sale in the small shop.
Only assistance dogs are allowed.
Free parking is available at the local authority car park in the town centre, 200m from the property.
We offer specialist tours of the property for a small charge.
Larger group tours are offered on the days that the property is closed to the public.
Coach parking is available 500m away in the centre of Kirriemuir.
School visits are welcome by appointment. We can arrange talks and tours covering J M Barrie’s books and the social history of the house.