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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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A little bit out of the way

Lovely looking building, obviously served some purpose back in the day, don't really know, because the place was closed. Maybe I'll be back some other time, apparently it is only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 24, 2015
Theycallitmadness
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Dublin, Ireland
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Michigan
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77 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love the way the town of Kinsale Ireland has so much history to offer! All of it in excellent shape and they allow you to access nearly every nook and cranny- it's such a treat for the adventurer at heart.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Lovely looking building, obviously served some purpose back in the day, don't really know, because the place was closed. Maybe I'll be back some other time, apparently it is only open seasonally.

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Thank Theycallitmadness
Springfield, OR
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This site has served many purposes over the years. Interesting to read more of Ireland's history that is provided as you tour on your own.

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Thank jannysue
Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Visited Desmond Castle on the ghost tour and went back the next day to take photos. I wasn't there during opening hours of the museum but the building is intriguing and made great photos. The history of the castle was long and varied and explained both on the ghost tour and on the signs outside.

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Thank Cosette360
FL USA
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138 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

It is easy to find in the town of Kinsale, and worth the visit. The old castle was very interesting -- the curator gave us his time and attention sharing many interesting facts about the castle and its former occupants. We have been in many castles, but the friendly and informative curator made this very special. Unfortunately we only had... More 

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Thank travltnk
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We visited because my wife was attracted to the wine museum, but the place is steeped in history. Make sure you take the free guided tour. This castle once housed American prisoners from the Revolutionary War. They were privateers, and like most war prisoners at the time, many perished in captivity.

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Thank redrockmike
Gorey, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Another historic landmark right in the middle of Kinsale! Interesting walk around the Museum. If you have a spare hour, this would be worth it. Enjoy!

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Thank Christy_Luv2
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 via mobile

Great to visit such an interesting building with so much history. Small but well worth taking the time to go see it.

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Thank Ajmac1974
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

An old tower house castle which was used to imprison prisoners of war and as a tax house for the wine trade (but not at the same time). There are much nicer town houses in Ireland, so if you seen some of them you can skip this one, except you are interrested in wine. However, the wine part is about... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Enjoyed the pre-walk around discussion with the curators; as noted in other reviews, it is more of an old warehouse type building that was used to coordinate trade and manage the affairs of the town. thought it was interesting to see the influence particularly of the Spanish on Kinsale as a center of trade.

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