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Nautical Museum

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Address: Bridge Street, Castletown IM9 1AX
Phone Number: 01624 648017
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Description: 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.
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Quaint and entertaining

Lots of fun if you are unsure what to do in Castletown. Not to be confused with the Imperial War Museum, but good fun all the same.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Lots of fun if you are unsure what to do in Castletown. Not to be confused with the Imperial War Museum, but good fun all the same.

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Onchan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Don't be put off by the quite dark entrance and foyer. This place and its custodians are brilliant. We took our young teenagers thinking they'd get bored but the chap who takes you round is very knowledgable and keeps the momentum going. An extraordinary story unfolds. Excellent!

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Deganwy, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

It was shut. Last time we came, it was a fascinating place with a smugglers' hold and a piratical little ship walled up for a century or more in the basement. Such a shame that it is shut - especially as the tourist season is now under way. There was a notice on the door (dated March) about planning permission... More 

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ManxNationalHeritage, Public Relations Manager at Nautical Museum, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear you had a wasted visit. The Nautical Museum is currently undergoing refurbishment works to the entrance and gallery, and is on schedule to re-open on 27 June 2015. Thank you for alerting us to the lack of information at the site itself to explain the closure - this has now been put in place. Last... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Our second visit in 2 years. Both times the museum guides shared their time and wonderful knowledge of the photographs, items, The Peggy, Captain Quayle and the Manx people's history with sea. Thank you

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Just like the island itself. Intriguing local exhibits with national significance and steeped in atmosphere. Great stories from a knowledgeable and helpful guy on the till. Getting ready for a winter makeover whilst the legendary Peggy is conserved. Free to English Heritage, CADW and National Trust members.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This feels like a family run museum. Quite small.but some great exhibits. You'll have to rush to see the Peggy - this old smugglers vessel, complete with miniature cannons is in situ in the boathouse where she was found, but is moving out to be refurbished. Don't miss the replica galley cabin!

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

An enjoyable short visit to a lovely nautical museum housed in a quirky 18th century house with hidey holes and a sitting room that was fitted out as a cabin on a ship. Lots of interesting information, the highlight was the 'Peggy' an armed yacht that was hidden for over a hundred years in the cellar. The guide was covering... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

This is an interesting, albeit small, museum which is due for some significant changes over the winter of 2014. The curator obviously loves this place and his enthusiasm shone through!! Many interesting artefacts and much more will be displayed following the work over the winter-months. Enjoyable as it is and it will be even better in 2015!!! The boat Peggy... More 

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Bury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Worth a visit, but not an awful lot to tell really. The main exhibit is the boat in the basement, with various other artefacts and documents scattered around the museum. £5 entry fee but if visiting other Manx historic sites it is better value to purchase a visitor ticket (£20), and National Trust members go free but remember to bring... More 

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A pleasant visit. Very homely. It had one of the oldest privately made boats in the world. This will soon be moved for restoration and then kept secure until a suitable venue is built. Next door I believe. The guide was very knowledgable and approachable. Difficult to find unless you ask.

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Address: Address: Bridge Street, Castletown IM9 1AX
Phone Number: 01624 648017
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Isle of Man  >  Castletown

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