Moat Brae is currently only open for special events and open days. Individual and group tours can sometimes be arranged by appointment, please email or call the office on 01387 255 549
When it opens in Spring 2019, the new Centre will be fully accessible, providing an environment and activities open and available to all.
When you visit Moat Brae you will find a partially renovated house and will have access to some of the garden. Until 2014 the house was completely out-of-bounds and derelict. Today, it is wind and watertight with a new roof and windows, and waiting expectantly for the next stage of renovation.
ABOUT OPEN DAYS AT MOAT BRAE
You are welcome to come to one of our advertised open days and see behind the scenes at Moat Brae – Birthplace of Peter Pan.
PLEASE NOTE THE HOUSE AND GARDEN ARE MID-RESTORATION AND NOT YET FULLY ACCESSIBLE
*We will be opening the doors of Moat Brae for free open days to show the achievements made in saving this historic, Georgian property from decay and demolition.
Find out more about how it inspired one of the world’s most famous stories and see the plans to turn Moat Brae and its ‘enchanted’ garden into an international visitor attraction and centre for children’s literature and storytelling which is due to open in 2018.
Recent works to give our beautiful Georgian building a new roof and windows and make it wind and watertight were completed in early 2014 and we have since welcomed thousands of people of all ages to look around, respond to the plans for its future and contribute their ideas.
Free tours of the basement, ground and chamber floors will run approximately every half hour, booking is not necessary. Maximum 12 people per tour. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be limited access to the garden. Please note the house is mid-restoration and not yet fully accessible and is quite dusty. The entrance is up a short flight of stairs, please wear sensible shoes, there are no toilet facilities.
No Need to Book, but you can email or call 01387 255 549.
Advice for School Parties
Please contact us to discuss and arrange your visit. It is helpful to have the name of the main contact and an indication of the number and age range of the children and supervising adults you will be bringing:
- Wear sensible footwear and warm clothing, it is not a good idea to wear best clothes.
- There are no toilet facilities in the house.
- Anyone with a physical disability should be made aware that currently there is no wheel chair access to the house. There are four flights of stairs and uneven surfaces in some areas of the house but all manageable at a careful walking pace.
- Because the house is just a shell inside, there is a lot of dust which may affect someone who has respiratory problems.
- The tour should last about an hour which will allow for questions as we go round and at the end.
- There is no charge for the tour but donations are always welcome and some schools have held some very successful events to raise funds for us, there have been some very creative ideas – see our website for inspiration. The children might like to feed our very hungry ticking crocodile!
- We have some merchandise for sale ranging from £1 to £5.00 but this is mainly for adult visitors.
- Cameras are allowed in the house and the garden.
- We would also like to take photographs during the visits but only if you have permission from the parents/carers of the children. We often use photographs of visitors for our Facebook page, website or publicity including newsletter, brochures etc.
- We would be very interested in keeping in touch with you in terms of any follow up ideas or work as a result of the visit. We have featured the work of other school children on our Facebook page and as part of an exhibition in the house. The work that schools and groups do as a result of the visits also gives us an insight into the educational packages we should offer when the Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling opens in 2018.