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

Castletown Site Tours

Join us on a tour of our Castletown sites, starting at the Nautical Museum, followed by a sitting at the Old House of Keys and a trip to the Old Grammar School.

• Every Monday from 3rd August, 11am & 2pm
• £5 or free for Annual Pass holders
• Standard tour time: 2hr
• Please meet at Castle Rushen

Please book your place here


For full details of Manx National Heritage site opening times click here.


The Nautical Museum is closed until further notice.

We thank you your patience at this time.

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.

New Annual Passes Purchased before 20 March 2020 

To account for the time we have had to close our sites due to COVID-19 we will be adding an extension onto all original expiry dates.

  • Annual Passes that are due to expire after 20 March 2020 will now expire on Sunday 1 November 2020.
  • Annual Passes purchased from 12 June 2020 will expire on 31 October 2021.

Please note: if you have purchased an Annual Pass and have not yet used it, the pass will be valid for 12 months from the date of first use.

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 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


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

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