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Desmond Castle & International Museum of Wine

Cork St., Kinsale, Ireland
021 477 4855
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Ranked #6 of 10 Attractions in Kinsale
Type: Castles, Museums
Activities: Driving, City walk sightseeing
Traveler Description: Found on Cork Street in Kinsale, Desmond Castle was built in the 1500's as a customs house by the Earl of Desmond.  It has an interesting history... more »
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Bobcaygeon, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Setauket, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

In this small Irish Castle (tower house) is a collection of wine information about the Irish wine connection. Here you can learn about the great Irish wine names, Hennessy (Cognac), Lynch (Pauillac) and many others. The collection of artifacts is minimal. The knowledge of the staff is incredible. The history comes alive in a manner only possible through those with... More

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London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

It was a surprise to find Desmond Castle and Wine Museum. We went as it was only €3 each and it was the wine bit that attracted us. It is a small museum up a hill in Kinsale and if you are in a car there is on street parking near by but be sure you put the hand-brake on!!... More

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Sittingbourne
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Really interesting history of wine. Amazed how Australia, Spain, Ireland etc have all been connected in the shipping of wine for centuries. Also the castle history. The curator was a mine of knowledge and very helpful. Anyone in Kinsale should take the short walk to visit and will not be disappointed.

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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A somewhat different and a little quirky, Desmond Castle has a lot to offer for anyone interested in history - or wine for that matter. Good to see such a place keep up its tradition of having many and varied uses. I was pleased we arrived in time for the guided tour; sadly, for the only time on my whole... More

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California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Enjoyed spending sometime visiting the Desmond Castle. Since we are from California we were very interested in the Wine Museum - it did not disappoint. Worth the walk up the hill to see Desmond Castle.

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Dublin, Ireland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

To me this mini castle/museum was great! If you are fascinated by history you'll enjoy its significance. It was where Dun Juan del Aquila and the Spanish armada stored their weapons during the Battle of Kinsale in 1601 when they fought along with the O Donnells and O Neils against the British. To me it was amazing to see a... More

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Dublin Ireland
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60 reviews 60 reviews
6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We stumbled on this by accident but it is worth the 30 minutes or so that a visit will take. The tour guide was the star of the show, very knowledgeable and friendly. The building is an important part of early Irish history and it was well explained by the guide. The wine museum part seems almost incongruous, but it... More

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