Nautical Museum – Yn Thie Tashtee Lhuingey

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Discover the story of the late Captain George Quayle, his eccentric boathouse and his most significant surviving creation ‘Peggy’.

Nautical Museum – Yn Thie Tashtee  Lhuingey

Opening Times

From 1 November to 29 November 2022, The Nautical Museum is also OPEN on from Saturday to Tuesday, 11am to 3pm.

The Nautical Museum can also be visited on our Castle town Site Tours, which you can book here.

Weekly Peggy Conservation Facility Tours:

November: Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10am – book here.

This site will close for winter from 30 November 2022 until Spring 2023.


Adults £8 during 2022.  £9 from 1 January 2023.

Students half price.

Children FREE*.

During 2022, The Nautical Museum can be accessed via our weekly Castletown Site Tours which you can book here.

Weekly Peggy Conservation Facility Tours are also available to book here.

* All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Drone Policy:  The flying of unauthorised drones is not permitted at the Nautical Museum.


Concessions available

Holiday Passes for visitors.

Group discounts available to pre-booked group visitors of 15 or more paying visitors.
Pre-book in advance.

Free entry available to children aged 5 to 18.

Student entry half price with a current student card, including tours.

Annual Passes for Isle of Man residents.

Go Explore Heritage Passes for use with trams, trains and bus transport.

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.


Situated in Castletown

For more than 200 years the Nautical Museum (Yn Thie Tashtee Lhuingey) in Castletown was home to the Peggy, the earliest surviving schooner, and the only surviving shallop. The Peggy was built by the inventive Captain George Quayle, who in his time was a businessman, banker, soldier and alleged smuggler.

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.

See the new ‘Quayle Gallery’ telling more of the personal story of George Quayle and his family as well as that of the Peggy, showcasing previously unseen objects uncovered in the 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.

Find out more about the conservation of The Peggy and ‘The Quayle Legacy Project.

Things to do and see

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 and his family
  • Quayle’s inventions
  • Children’s area discovering more about the Georgian era and George Quayle’s many guises!
  • 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


Address: Bridge Street, Castletown, IM9 1AX
Phone: +44 1624 824186

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