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Nautical Museum

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Address: Bridge Street, Castletown IM9 1AX
Phone Number: 01624 648017
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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.

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Ahoy sailors!

The Peggy was still in situ when I visited this museum. She has since been removed for restoration and preservation work. The museum is still a fascinating place to visit, site of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 25, 2015
Castletown, United Kingdom
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Castletown, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

The Peggy was still in situ when I visited this museum. She has since been removed for restoration and preservation work. The museum is still a fascinating place to visit, site of what is believed to be the first yacht ever built. A guided tour is a must, well conducted and full of fascinating facts.

Thank TimEarl49
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

The exhibition was built around a particular boat of the man who lived next door. The Peggy was the worlds oldest yacht but unfortunately it was NOT there!!!! Just information about it. Why? Not worth the effort to go to.

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ManxNationalHeritage, Manager at Nautical Museum, responded to this review

I'm sorry that you were disappointed with your visit. Last year extensive archaeological investigations were carried out in the boatyard of the Museum yielding new information on the Peggy story and revealing an 18th century private dock. The Peggy is now being housed in a specialist building for a long-term programme of stabilisation, conservation and study which was essential for... More 

Keremeos, Canada
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This is a small but very interesting museum in an old home and boathouse. The artifacts and history of the building and its uses are fascinating.

Thank BCbikeGuy
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

It's only a small museum, but well worth a little look. The only thing missing was a ships wheel, but I am guessing it's attached to the boat that's gone for restoration. I would visit again once it has returned to the museum.

Thank Keiran F
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Quaint little museum, with a story of its own to tell. This little town is steeped in history and thE nautical museum does a nice job of explaining the maritime component of Castletown.

Thank William W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

well worth a visit- no toilets - very interesting. short visit as its only a small place. staff are friendly. not too far from the castle

Thank Ruthiewilson104
Barrowford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Not a massive place, but well worth an hour of your time. It's very well presented & the history is fantastic & the story is easy to follow. The guides were very helpful & very knowledgable - we didn't have children with us but there are things that they can do & I'm sure they'd be well entertained

Thank dellis86
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Full of nautical history, excellent displays and information. Our guide was very knowledgeable on all areas of the museum.

Thank christine282
Isle of Man
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is one of my local museums and it's a while since I last visited. Last time I went it was a time capsule of a museum with display standards that harked back to the 1950s. However I've just re-visited and was very pleasantly surprised. The entrance area and one of the galleries have been updated very recently (June 2015).... More 

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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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