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Address: Bridge Street, Castletown IM9 1AX
Phone Number: 441624648000

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. 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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Small museum but well worth a visit. Geoff who was working there at the time was very helpful and took us round and explained lots of things for us.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
keith k
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We'd bought the Isle of Man go card meaning we can jump on and off any transport and get access to all of the museums etc. (Well worth the money!) Popped in here on a visit to Castletown and whilst it is small it's well laid out which many interesting artefacts. The man on the desk (Geoff I think his... More 

Thank Beth W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small museum but well worth a visit. Geoff who was working there at the time was very helpful and took us round and explained lots of things for us.

Thank keith k
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The nautical Museum is only a few 100 yards away from the castle as an interesting display od all things nautical especially the cellar where the first armed sailing yacht the Peggy was discovered it as now been taken away for restauration but the guide will tell you its history and stories of the man who designed it and show... More 

Thank Bill B
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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... More 

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Colwyn Bay
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

I only visited the foyer but was so surprised at the high cost of entry to somewhere so small that I chose not to go in. The castle at Peel was the same price and had vastly more to offer. The museum seemed very quiet and the attendant didn't seem very keen to get me in. There are no concessions... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

An interesting place to visit. A little disappointing at present as the Peggy is under renovation. However engage in conversation with the guide who will tell you a lot of fascinating information about the discovery of the boat and its owner that is not on display.

Thank Rona F
Gdansk, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

I sure was expecting more; the Peggy is under renovation therefore there is not much to see honestly, although if you have time and have the TT badge then it’s ok to see. Tell the clerk to show you the secret passage in the cabin room that was probably used to enter the contraband back then…it’s nice! If you come... More 

Thank daesquiv
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Really interesting museum with interactive things for the children. Helpful staff & easy to follow building. Really interesting information & small gift shop

Thank Marie W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Beautifully presented. Amazing a boat can be undiscovered so long and then rescued.Would love to come back when more has been done.

Thank sue s
Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Small but perfectly formed, this museum is a little gem. Fascinating inside and out. There is no loo though.

Thank Lindajanea

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