Castletown Nautical Museum

Captain George Quayle is probably best described as "somewhat eccentric".

An inventor, financier and (maybe) smuggler, he built strongrooms with labyrinthine entry mechanisms into his house and hid a boat in a cellar underneath a room designed to look like the inside of a different boat. It's a fair bet he didn't get the fittings from Ikea.

Unfortunately, his bank collapsed, he died, and the boat in the cellar became lost and forgotten. Which was a shame, because she's pretty historically significant. Rediscovered a century after Captain Quayle's death, "The Peggy", as she's called, was an exemplar of the most cutting-edge maritime technology in her day and is the earliest surviving Manx craft of her type. She was donated - along with the boathouse - to the nation, and Castletown Nautical Museum opened in 1951.

It's a lovely little place, full of interesting quirks although unfortunately, at the time of writing, The Peggy has had to be removed for renovation work, so the boat cellar is somewhat less impressive than it's previously been. The museum is still worth a visit, though, as part of the excellent attractions Castletown has to offer.

Photograph of the Peggy by By Rowangus - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


The museum is housed in an old building and, as such, offers limited access to the less able. There is wheelchair access to the ground floor, but the only access to the first floor and basement is via steps. Parking nearby is limited, but plentiful nearer the town centre, and there are no public toilets onsite.

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Day of the Week Opening Hours
Monday 10.00am to 4pm
Tuesday 10.00am to 4pm
Wednesday 10.00am to 4pm
Thursday 10.00am to 4pm
Friday 10.00am to 4pm
Saturday 10.00am to 4pm
Sunday 10.00am to 4pm

The above hours apply 1st Apr to 1st November, 2020
There is an entrance charge.