Visit the birthplace of the author who was responsible for one of the most famous stories of our time. The novelist, playwright, and creator of the beloved story, Peter Pan, J M Barrie was born to a family of weavers in Kirriemuir before moving to London to develop his career. One of ten children, Barrie’s first theatre was the outside wash house where the beginnings of his imaginative mind blossomed.

The upper floor of the simple two story house is furnished as it would have been when Barrie lived there. The adjacent house encompasses an exhibition on Barrie’s literary and theatrical works. Enter the early years of this remarkable man, and experience how he grew up, which is said to have been the inspiration for most of his work.

Barrie’s story Peter Pan reflects on the death of his elder brother David, who was their mother’s favourite. She took great comfort in the fact that David would always be a boy to her, remaining youthful and innocent as everyone else grew old.

The garden pays tribute to Barrie, housing a Peter Pan statue and a living-willow crocodile, as well as a pirate’s workshop to be explored. The original manuscript of the Peter Pan production can be viewed, as well as early stage costumes for the production. Take some inspiration of your own from the peaceful surroundings and literary history that took place right beneath your feet.


9 Brechin Road, Kirriemuir, Angus, DD8 4BX
Tel: 0844 493 2142
Times: April-June, Saturday-Wednesday, 12pm – 5pm
July & August, daily, 11am – 5pm
September & October, Saturday-Wednesday, 12pm – 5pm