Nautical Museum
Nautical Museum
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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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Elaine C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Don't miss the tour! It's on every Saturday and includes here, Castle Rushen and the Old Grammar School. We missed it and were kindly given a private and highly entertaining tour by Andrew who possesses a wealth of knowledge about this building, If I had wandered around this boathouse and simply read about the late Captain George Quayle and his boat, 'Peggy' I believe I would have been unimpressed. Andrew, our guide, however, entertained us constantly by revealing the total eccentricities of the Captain in a room which Andrew called 'the man cave'. It will spoil all your fun to reveal the secrets which this room holds all of which were deftly demonstrated by Andrew who really knows his stuff. Don't miss this fascinating tour whilst in Castletown. Its a must.
Written July 4, 2022
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Caroline C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We visited the Nautical Museum as the last stop on a Tuesday tour of the Old Grammar School and The Old House of Keys. I only went on the tour to find out about the Old House of Keys and nearly left the tour before the Nautical Museum, however it turned out to be the best bit of the tour!! The thing that made it come alive was our tour guide Rew. He was so knowledgeable and really great at telling a story. He turned what would have been a very dull and dry museum into a fascinating, quirky and vital piece of history. Even my two teenage daughters loved the stories! I will remember that for a long time! Thanks Rew!
Written August 9, 2023
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Gaz O
Rhyl, UK496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
We visited this place back in april when we visited the island then, but my daughter wasnt with us. This time with the family complete, Andrew welcomed us and let us have a look around to start with then gave us a tour into the Cabin room, showed us the secret passages and really did bring it to life.
The 1st time we went it was great, but with Andrew it was 100 times better, we must have been there 4 times as long as last time and were so impressed and learnt so much.
What a hidden gem this place is
Written November 1, 2019
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3fr5
Scotland175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
Like us, you may be saying "Oh, I'm not interested in old boats". And in truth we only went in because our NT memberhip cards gave us free admission. But how wrong we were! Quite apart from some interesting exhibits, the building itself is an absolute gem - a real smuggler's lair. We defy anyone not to be hooked on George Quayle and his hidey-holes ;-) Oh yes and the staff here are SO friendly (you know who you are!)
Written September 11, 2013
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normanandmarilyn
Caldicot, UK150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This a must visit museum in Castletown which is primarily dedicated to the amazing Captain Quayle
His man cave at the back of the Boat house is absolutely incredible
He also used to travel across to Liverpool on a tiny sailing boat
A REAL Character
Written October 16, 2019
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Geoff R
Stafford, UK377 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This museum largely focusses on George Quayle and his exploits. The 'Peggy', his boat is currently being worked on so is not there, but there are still some interesting exhibits and bits of information about history. Worth a visit if you are in Castletown and free to National Trust members.
Written September 9, 2019
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Katherine H
Leeds, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
A very interesting experience and Jonathan was a lovely host. Explaining about life s and times of quayle. Lots to see despite the Peggy being restored off site.
Written April 17, 2019
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EESW1
Lincolnshire, UK4,741 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
The first time we visited many years ago we were shown round by the enthusiastic curator who delighted in telling us all about the Peggy and the enigmatic Captain Quayle. He took great delight in regaling us about the Captain’s nefarious activities and showing us all the secret cupboards and passages in the cabin room. It was a fascinating and worthwhile visit.

The times change and the years go by. My second visit was a major disappointment. The lady behind the ticket desk was welcoming and told me where to go but made no attempt to interact or tell me anything about the museum, although I was the only visitor.

The short video is well worth watching and I would recommending starting here. It makes a brief mention of the secret passageways from the cabin room. The smuggling and other activities of Captain Quale are very much played down in the video and also information boards. (Are Manx Heritage ashamed of them?)

I knew before I visited the Peggy was away for conservation/preservation. Even so I was very disappointed by the visit. It is only a small museum and apart from a lot of models of ships (and dressing up clothes for the children) there isn’t a lot to see. Perhaps I should have asked the custodian a few more questions... or waited until Billy (whose virtues are extolled in other reviews) is on duty?

At £6 it is expensive compared with the other Manx heritage attractions. It is probably only worth visiting if you have a pass giving free admission to all the Manx Heritage attractions.
Written August 26, 2018
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Victoria G
Caister-on-Sea, UK51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We visited here and am pleased we did. It is only a small museum but is an interesting place. A man called Billy works there and gave us an interesting talk about the fishing boat called Peggy and the man George Quayle and his family who owned the boat. We were shown photos of how the boating dock below used to look before renovation and also a secret passage in one of the rooms. It was fascinating and an interesting look into the history of the museum. Definitely worth a visit.
Written June 15, 2018
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pljonesey1
Manchester, UK59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
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 very helpful. Well worth a visit if you like nautical history.
Written July 31, 2016
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