Nautical Museum

Welcome to the group visitor information for The Nautical Museum situated on the harbour side in Castletown.  Here you will find everything you need to plan a visit.

Nautical museum, Castletown

Home of the world’s oldest yacht, the “Peggy” and her eccentric owner, the late Captain George Quayle.   Quayle was a politician, a banker, a soldier and allegedly a smuggler!

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.
  • 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
  • Pictures of the ancient bank vault next door

Opening hours 2013

Open 7 days a week, 29th March to 3rd November 2013, 10am to 4pm.

Admission is by ticket which provides entry to the museum, sail maker’s loft, boat cellar and cabin room.

Timing your visit

A typical visit lasts 1 hour.

Manx National Heritage recommend that a visit to the Nautical Museum is timed to coincide with other Southern area visits in Castletown including:

  • Castle Rushen, one of the world’s best preserved medieval castles
  • The Old House of Keys former home to the Manx Parliament
  • The Old Grammar School where rows of benches and desks are a reminder of early Victorian schools days
  • Nearby Rushen Abbey, The Abbey Gardens and Interpretive Centre, in neighbouring Ballasalla.

Admission prices for 2013

Adult £4.50, Child (under 18 years): £2.25, Family (2 adults and 2 children): £11
Pre-booked Group* £3.60 per adult, Group (Ad hoc rate – paid on day of visit)* £4 per adult

10 Day Explorer Tickets and 5 Day Heritage Transport Explorer Tickets are also available and offer exceptional value for money.  Passes provide access to all Manx National Heritage sites and use of Heritage Transport priced from £17* to £49.50**.

*To qualify for the pre-booked group rate, groups must consist of at least 15 people and must be booked 7 days in advance to qualify. Multi-site discount admission passes are also available from all Manx National Heritage sites.  Valid passes must be shown on entry to each site. **Minimum group size of 20 people to qualify for discount to combined Heritage and Transport Explorer Tickets.

Manx National Heritage have reciprocal agreements with a number of organisations, providing free or reduced admission on presentation of a valid membership card. Refunds are not available for tickets purchased.

Booking your visit

Pre-booking is advised and achieves a number of benefits for your group including a substantial discount on the standard admission price, discount on the purchase of guide books and speedy, hassle-free entry to the site.

To book your group visit, please telephone our group bookings office on (+44) (0) 1624 648000.  Payment is due no later than 2 weeks in advance and refunds are not given once the booking and group numbers are confirmed.

On receipt of payment, a Group Entry Permit will be issued to you for presentation at the site entrance on the day of your visit.

How to get there

View the Nautical Museum on a map here and zoom in on Castletown.

By coach: Enter Castletown via the Douglas Road (from Douglas) or Alexandra Road (from the South).  Follow Victoria Road into Castletown, crossing the harbour bridge as indicated on the map below.

By bus: 1, 1C, 2, 2A, 8.

Steam Railway: The Nautical Museum is signposted from Castletown station.

By road and by foot: The Nautical Museum is situated on the harbour side in Castletown

Coach parking and Coach travel information

Coaches may drop off or collect visitors at Castletown town square and coach parking is available in the area behind the George Hotel, adjacent to Castletown fire station. For your guidance, please note that speed limits apply in Castletown and there are narrow streets within the town.

Information for visitors with disabilities

The Nautical Museum contains steps and narrow corridors, although is partially accessible to wheelchair users.  Please confirm any special access requirements by telephoning 01624 648000 ahead of your visit.

Visitor Information

  • Small Gift Shop
  • Toilets are not available within the Nautical Museum, however, there are a number of public conveniences throughout Castletown and at nearby Castle Rushen. Photography and filming (for personal use only) is permitted.  Use of mobile phones is not permitted.

For Group ticket sales and information, please contact:

Lynn Mckibbin, Group Bookings Officer, Manx National Heritage, Kingswood Grove, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 3LY

Telephone (++44) (0) 1624 648000. Fax (++44) (0) 1624 648001

E-mail: Lynn.Mckibbin@mnh.gov.im