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Address: Bridge Street, Castletown IM9 1AX
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The Nautical Museum in Castletown is home to one of the world's oldest...

The Nautical Museum in Castletown is home to one of the world's oldest yachts - the Peggy - which was found in 1935 concealed in a contemporary boat cellar. The Peggy had lain undisturbed and undiscovered for 100 years after her owner, Captain George Quayle, died.Visit this impressive yacht in its original home where you'll find trap doors, secret panels and a replica stern cabin in the boathouse. In the loft, you'll find a reconstruction of a sail maker's workshop and a fishing gallery which includes models of boats, equipment and photographs depicting the importance of the fishing industry.You'll also hear about the exploits of Captain Quayle and his fascinating life as a politician, a banker, soldier and, it's alleged, a smuggler! Find out more about the Peggy on the National Historic Ships Register. Please note: Extensive archaeological investigations have been completed in the boatyard yielding new information on the Peggy story and revealing an 18th century private dock. The Peggy has temporarily been removed to a specialist building for a long-term programme of stabilisation, conservation and study. This is likely to take place over a 5 year period.

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Worth a visit if Museums are your thing.

Reasonable entrance fee and a good place to while away an hour or two. I found the whole story regarding Captain George Quayle of real interest. The fact that his boat, 'The... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2016
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well presented museum that tells the discovery and all that is known about Peggy a historically important sailing ship. We will have to return when Peggy is back from restoration This museum is free with a National Trust card

Thank Jrfamily15
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

Having just visited Castle Rushen in Castletown and thoroughly enjoyed it the Nautical Museum was a big let down for me. It was really a homage to the family who were big wigs on the island and, in my opinion, should be described as such.

Thank Peter W
arroyo grande,ca
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

this museum is quite small and quite uncrowded but worth the short walk from the castle. it will be better when the ship (the peggy) is finished and returns for display.amazing story.

Thank brent b
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

Reasonable entrance fee and a good place to while away an hour or two. I found the whole story regarding Captain George Quayle of real interest. The fact that his boat, 'The Peggy', had laid undiscovered for over a hundred years was fascinating. There is plenty of history to learn about regarding the man and his inventions. Also plenty of... More 

Thank xyzKerry
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

Although this is not a big budget museum, it is an absolute must visit if you want to get a real feel for sea travel in these parts of the world. Amazingly the museum captures the atmosphere of the nautical tradition of the island's so well, that it doesn't seem that long ago.

Thank JulietThyssen
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We'd bought the Isle of Man go card meaning we can jump on and off any transport and get access to all of the museums etc. (Well worth the money!) Popped in here on a visit to Castletown and whilst it is small it's well laid out which many interesting artefacts. The man on the desk (Geoff I think his... More 

Thank Beth W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Small museum but well worth a visit. Geoff who was working there at the time was very helpful and took us round and explained lots of things for us.

Thank keith k
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

The nautical Museum is only a few 100 yards away from the castle as an interesting display od all things nautical especially the cellar where the first armed sailing yacht the Peggy was discovered it as now been taken away for restauration but the guide will tell you its history and stories of the man who designed it and show... More 

Thank Bill B
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

We purchased a holiday pass so had prepaid. They really have made the effort with this museum. Nice to see that a lot of the artifacts are from the family who owned the boathouse. Nicely laid out and lots of interesting things to see. Shame Peggy wasnt there but it was enjoyable and the chap on the front desk was... More 

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Colwyn Bay
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

I only visited the foyer but was so surprised at the high cost of entry to somewhere so small that I chose not to go in. The castle at Peel was the same price and had vastly more to offer. The museum seemed very quiet and the attendant didn't seem very keen to get me in. There are no concessions... More 

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