The picturesque harbour town of Castletown, with its narrow winding streets and quaint fishing cottages, is the former capital of the Isle of Man. The harbour is still in use as one of the main fishing ports for the island.

Castle Rushen

Castle Rushen © Joseph Mischyshyn (CC2)

Overlooking the harbour, in the heart of the town, is the 12th-c Castle Rushen. One of Europe's most finely preserved medieval castles. It was once the fortress of the Lords and Kings of Mann.

The Nautical Museum, near the quay on Bridge Street, tells the fascinating story of the town's maritime past. Inside the museum's boathouse lies the 18th-c armed yacht 'Peggy', who's discovery led to the formation of the museum.

Map of Castletown

North West England

Area Map of Britain

Towns and Villages in the Isle of Man