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Desmond Castle & International Museum of Wine

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Address: Desmond Castle Cork Street, Kinsale, Ireland
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+353 21 477 4855

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I came to Kinsale to visit this castle. The information center was closed and although I found a map I needed to ask directions three times, I found it worth climbing the hill to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
DoloresJacoby
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came to Kinsale to visit this castle. The information center was closed and although I found a map I needed to ask directions three times, I found it worth climbing the hill to visit. I love castle chasing and this, the only in Kinsale built around 1500 was well worth the visit. I understand it houses a wine museum,... More 

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Sonoma County, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Tour is very worthwhile. Great experience - Wine Museum very interesting to me. Also liked the historical aspects of the town.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Such interesting history to the town, desmond castle used to be the old customs house and jail. if you like history well wort a visit

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Small museum in the backstreets but quite interesting, especially if you like wine, set in a lovely old castle!

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Thank stellasandi
San Diego, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

The views from inside are pleasant, and the little bit of history is interesting. If time and money are an issue, move this place to the bottom of your list. Nearby St. Multose Church is more interesting.

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Mahwah, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

It was raining so we chose to visit the museum at Desmond castle. It has served variously as a castle, a customs house, a prison and now a museum of wine. And it makes sense when you learn about it. Not only was Kinsale an important port for the shipment of wine during the 1600s and 1700s, it was also... More 

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Bayou Vista, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

This is mostly a history lesson; interesting and full of information, but did not interest me terribly.

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Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

This former administrative offices and then prison is now a local museum. Pat of the tour is devoted to the history of wine made by families that left Ireland for France an Spain. Tour passes in and out of the weather, so not a perfect escape on a rainy day.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

The chap who welcomed us and gave us an introductory talk was great. What he said was very interesting. He was very knowledgeable and took all our questions in his stride. What we subsequently saw was therefore much more meaningful, although there is not a whole lot to see. Without the introductory talk, this wouldn't have been nearly as enjoyable.

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Carrigaline, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

I visited with my ten year old who is interested in local history. She was fascinated by the prison exhibits. The OPW staff were friendly and informative. I honestly expected to be bored by the wine exhibit but it was actually quite interesting. Short and sweet. We went on the first Wednesday of the month so admission was free, not... More 

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