Nautical Museum

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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

Opening Times

Open Daily
1 Apr ’19 to 3 Nov ’19 – 10am – 4pm

Opening hours 2020
Daily from 1 April to 1 November, 10am – 4pm.

To book guided tour please call 01624 823565


Adults £6.00
Children £3.00

Concessions available:

  • Holiday Passes providing multi-site admission.
  • Group discounts available to pre-booked group visitors of 15 or more paying visitors. Pre-book in advance.
  • Free entry available to Isle of Man School children with a valid ACE card.
  • 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 in Castletown was home to the Peggy, the earliest example of a British schooner, and the only surviving shallop of her kind. 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.  This is likely to take place over a 5 year period.

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

Watch our time lapse video to see excavations to reveal the 18th century dock.

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


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