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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: Driving, City walk sightseeing

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Quick small castle in Kinsale

Neat little castle in the center of Kinsale, an easy 20 minute tour. Self guided. It had a wine museum in it as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Rockford, Illinois
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Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Neat little castle in the center of Kinsale, an easy 20 minute tour. Self guided. It had a wine museum in it as well.

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nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Small castle with a lot of history. We got an extensive background when we arrived from Brendon. He told us all about the wine history.

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Pahrump, Nevada
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Don't get me wrong, the castle and museum are worth seeing. I just had more expectations from the International Museum of Wine. The information is mostly a history of Irish involvement in wine. It is (surprisingly to me) a quite extensive. The exhibits are informative and interesting. Desmond Castle was originally built as a customs house and later used as... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Very interesting visit to this castle.We were given lots of information about history of castle and Irish connections with wine industry in Europe.

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Cork, Ireland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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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91 helpful votes 91 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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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
17 helpful votes 17 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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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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