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Desmond Castle & International Museum of Wine

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Address: Cork St., Kinsale, Ireland
Phone Number: 021 477 4855
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Driving

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Nice Castle

Wondered into this castles after a visit to Charles fort . The castle itself is small but has some decent features . Its cheap to enter so overall its a decent attraction.

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Jackie C
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Cork, Ireland
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Cork, Ireland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Wondered into this castles after a visit to Charles fort . The castle itself is small but has some decent features . Its cheap to enter so overall its a decent attraction.

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St. Charles, MO
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Provides and interesting historical view of Kinsale and the area. Interesting collection of wine items.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
18 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This attraction is signposted from one part of Kinsale as a wine museum, and another as a castle. When you approach it up a hill, it is clearly a castle. Once inside it is clearly a wine museum. We were welcomed by a very pleasant person at the entrance, who gave us a run-down on how Irish people had 'infiltrated'... More 

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Kinsale, Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Steep steps make it not suitable for disabled persons. It contains the Irish International Wine Museum.

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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This 16th Century "Castle" is really an old Customs House that had been fortified over the years by the Spanish and was thus used to imprison "Yankee" sailors during the American War of Independence. The Museum of Wine component reflects the town's link to the wine trade over the years, and even Australian wine gets a mention! This was our... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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128 reviews 128 reviews
26 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

A small place by any standards but worth an hour, possibly more. What is so good here is that for a very small admission fee, the chat with staff is almost worth the price of the admission. The gentleman we spoke with (and paid our money to) was so knowledgeable and so keen to share it. A great start to... More 

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rural montana
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We enjoyed this museum as it is a wine museum. What is not to like about wine! Very interesting history and right up the street from our B & B.

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Bobcaygeon, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Small museum with friendly, helpful staff. Self-guided tour includes the history of the castle as a prison and the development of Irish involvement in the wine trade. You can see the exhibits in under and hour. Afterwards enjoy a glass of wine at the nearby Black Pig Winebar.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Very interesting find. The museum is information with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Why are there no wineries in Ireland? Visit the museum!

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NM
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This attraction is pretty ho-hum unless you want to see the wine display. There is very little access to the castle building, and lacks history regarding the castle or the area.

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