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After almost ten years of fundraising and planning, Moat Brae finally opened as a new visitor attraction for Scotland on 1st June 2019.  This was a new beginning, the start of the National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling and the first chapter in the great adventure to create a world where storytelling is integral to growing up.
Along with many visitor attractions across the UK and the world, we will now be temporarily closing our doors on 21st March 2020 in support of the efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


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“… when shades of night began to fall, certain young mathematicians shed their triangles, crept up walls and down trees, and became pirates in a sort of Odyssey that was long afterwards to become the play of Peter Pan. For our escapades in a certain Dumfries Garden, which is enchanted land to me, were certainly the genesis of that nefarious work, Peter Pan.”

JM Barrie – creator of Peter Pan


About Moat Brae

Discover the place where a legend was born and imagination first took flight – where Peter Pan began…

Moat Brae – the ‘enchanted land’ in Dumfries, South-West Scotland was the childhood playground of J.M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, and the place where he first found Neverland.

“All children, except one, grow up” JMB

About the Trust

Inspired by the cultural legacy, heritage and history of Moat Brae, the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust is creating a National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling with a Neverland Discovery Garden.

Celebrating the place where Peter Pan began, we will soon be able to bring exciting new opportunities for generations of children and young people to enjoy.


How You Can Help

Join the Big Adventure and help us reach our target of £5.8m.

Together we can bring the best of childhood to every child.

There are lots of ways you can get involved, it’s easy and fun.


“Dreams do come true, if only you wish hard enough.” JMB

Latest News

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