Places To Visit: Nautical Museum

Home of the world’s oldest yacht, the “Peggy” and her eccentric owner, the late Captain George Quayle.   Quayle was a politician, a banker, a soldier and allegedly a smuggler!

Nautical museum, Castletown

Opening Times

Open daily 2014
to 2 Nov
10am to 4pm

Open daily 30 May to 1 Nov 2015 10am to 4pm


Postcode: IM9 1AX

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Adults £5
Children £2.50

Buy Season Pass, Holiday Pass or Transport Explorer Pass

Situated in Castletown

The Nautical Museum in Castletown is home to the impressive ship – 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 ship 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!

Please note work is currently taking place at the Nautical Museum to conserve the Peggy, which will be removed from the boathouse in Autumn 2014, for the first time in two hundred years, for stabilisation, study, and conservation.   Our intention is for the museum to remain open during the Peggy’s Conservation, with guided tours in place.  Work already completed includes the archaeological excavation of George Quayle’s 18th century dock.  Watch our time lapse video to see how the the dock is uncovered.

Don’t miss:

  • The story of why the Peggy remained undisturbed for over 100 years.
  • The fascinating stories of the life of Captain George Quayle.
  • Sailmaker’s Loft and the tools of the trade
  • Cabin Room built in the form of a naval warship of Nelson’s day
  • Secret trap doors, hidey-holes, panels, and architectural jokes
  • Guided tour with Billy
  • Pictures of the ancient bank vault next door

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Concessions available:

  • Holiday Passes for multi-site admission
  • Family discounts available
  • Group discounts available to pre-booked group visitors of 15 or more paying visitors. Pre-book in advance.
  • Free entry available to Isle of Man School children with a valid ACE card sponored by Lloyds Bank.
  • Season Passes for Isle of Man residents
  • Heritage and Transport multi-use passes
  • Free entry available to members of the Friends of Manx National Heritage, National Trust, English Heritage, CADW, Historic Scotland and organisations holding an agreement with Manx National Heritage.  Entry available to the named member only on presentation of a valid membership card.  Restrictions may apply.  For details, please consult your membership handbook.
  • Please note concessions may not apply for special events.