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 23 May 2015* to 1 Nov 2015 10am to 4pm

*Subject to completion of conservation works.


Postcode: IM9 1AX

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Adults £5
Children £2.50

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Situated in Castletown

For more than 200 years the Nautical Museum in Castletown has been home to the Peggy, the earliest example of a British yacht, and the only surviving shallop of her kind. The Peggy was built by the elusive Captain George Quayle, who in his time was a businessman, banker, soldier and alleged smuggler. He was also a man obsessed with invention and technology.

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 is now housed in a specialist building for a long-term programme of stabilisation, conservation and study.

See the new ‘Quayle Gallery’ telling more of the personal story of George Quayle and his family as well as the Peggy, showcasing previously unseen objects uncovered in recent archaeological excavations. Exhibits include a leather pistol holster, a flintlock pistol mechanism, some coconut shell drinking cups and what is believed to be an eighteenth century microscope.

Watch our time lapse video to see excavations to reveal the 18th century dock.

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.
  • Quayle’s inventions
  • 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

View 360 degree images

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.