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Not big but interesting

If you have a nautical bent then this place will appeal to you. I found the most interesting room... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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A pleasant little museum in a nice setting

The armed yacht "Peggy" was discovered holed up here & this gives the building its fame. The yacht... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2018
Isle of Man
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The Nautical Museum in Castletown is home to one of the world's oldest yachts - the Peggy - which was found in 1935 concealed in a contemporary boat cellar. The Peggy had lain undisturbed and undiscovered for 100 years after her owner, Captain...more
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Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed this small museum and it’s a good wet weather option but half an hour and you’re done. The Peggy is no longer at the museum. Upstairs is fairly inaccessible due to steep, open rise stairs but my husband said the first floor wasn’t...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

Not sure about this place, I remember going when a kid and being told stories of smuggling and shown hiding places and an old boat. 30 years later and want to take my kids. Firstly - VERY expensive to enter (didn't have island pass) and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 26 August 2018

The first time we visited many years ago we were shown round by the enthusiastic curator who delighted in telling us all about the Peggy and the enigmatic Captain Quayle. He took great delight in regaling us about the Captain’s nefarious activities and showing us...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank EESW1
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Not been here before - because it's down a side street I guess it was just never on my radar and to be honest, I can't say that I've been missing much all these years. It's on the list of Manx Heritage sites and the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

If you have a nautical bent then this place will appeal to you. I found the most interesting room was the cellar where Peggy was built & recently after some new excavation found what looks like her ‘dry dock’ where built:

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

this small museum is worth a visit,,it tells the tale of the peggy a small boat with a retractible keel and canons of when it used to sail into the lake district marauding, the dock is now blocked from the harbour but the peggy and...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Stanley C
Reviewed 19 June 2018

The armed yacht "Peggy" was discovered holed up here & this gives the building its fame. The yacht has now been removed for restoration but the museum is still very interesting & tells the story of the Quayle's who lived here & their exploits. It...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

We visited here and am pleased we did. It is only a small museum but is an interesting place. A man called Billy works there and gave us an interesting talk about the fishing boat called Peggy and the man George Quayle and his family...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank victoriabB2140PE
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Came to visit and have a relaxed look around. Only to be asked, abruptly, if we were all together, then told we needed to get out of the way due to a coach load arriving. Keep in mind this is a chargeable museum, when 6...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank VegiPerspective
Reviewed 11 May 2018

This is quite a small museum but very intriguing and provides a great insight into the maritime history and smuggling. If you are lucky you will be shown round by Billy, who is clearly passionate about the history and very engaging.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from B F | Reviewed this property |
As I was with a group where we’d paid in advance for everything we did on the island, and I belong to English Heritage anyway, I’m really not sure about this venue, but I think I gave a donation towards the showing of Betty... More