JM Barrie lived in Dumfries from 1873 to 1878 and wrote Peter Pan in 1904 as a play, which went on to successfully inspire generations of young people to read and enjoy his wonderful stories. During his time in Dumfries, he often visited Moat Brae and went on to say that the gardens were ‘enchanted lands’ to him and went on to inspire the world of Peter Pan.
At Moat Brae you’ll find a wonderfully designed and re-imagined house, an insight into JM Barrie and how he imagined children would read and interact with his stories, you can sit at the dining table with JM Barrie and his school friends, help catch Peter Pan’s shadow and even put on a costume and star in a play of your own. This is a place to rediscover your childhood fantasies and relive the sense of wonder from the first time you read your favourite story.
We are also honoured to be the National Centre for Children’s Literature and are dedicated to developing a love of books in young readers. We welcome school classes for day visits and programmed events and have an amazing programme of exhibitions and displays tied in with new book releases.
The Enchanted Lands garden offers adventure and inspiration to young explorers. You never know what you will find amongst the towering trees and colourful flowerbeds. Crocodiles, pirate ships, mermaids and more!
Our café offers the chance to relax, enjoy wonderful views of the garden, be tempted by our wonderful service and our tempting freshly baked cakes.