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Desmond Castle & International Museum of Wine

Cork St., Kinsale, Ireland
021 477 4855
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Ranked #7 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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Boston, MA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The museum itself was fine (not worth an extra trip or anything but a good way to spend an hour) but the gentleman working there was the absolute BEST! Taking our pictures, putting the kids in the jail cell for fun, adding loads to the information - he made the visit!

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Bellevue, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Many interesting aspects of this museum, but the part I enjoyed most was the section on the sinking of the Lusitania, which occured just outside of the Kinsale harbor. We had the Heritage pass, so no additonal cost.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My husband & I and our 2 sons (in their early 20's) enjoyed this attraction. The curator's knowledge and enthusiasm was the key - even on a very hot day and at closing time too.

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Champaign
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Very informative staff, sadly I did not get his name, but we were told all about the little-known relation between Boudreaux wine and it's Irish origins. I genuinely wish he would have accompanied us through the museum because I felt he had such extensive knowledge to share on a wide range of topics, and his enthusiasm on the topics made... More

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Really enjoyed our visit to this small museum which was cool on a very hot day. The curator gave use the benefit of his wealth of knowledge on the links between Ireland and the Bordeaux wine trade. Extremely interesting and informative. The museum does not have a great deal to see however the staff are so friendly and welcoming it... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I very much enjoyed my time in this odd little castle. Inside there are wax figures of the first owner of the castle, of prisoners kept there, and of two wine lovers. I find wax figures a tad tacky, but they seemed to fit here, and didn't overwhelm the rough interior of the castle's remains. I am still a bit... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Called here but was a little disapointed by how limited it is. Staff were really friendly however and talked us through history and wine links with continent. Worth a visit if you have a bit of time to spare.

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Port Ewen, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Part of OPW, so heritage cards work here. Very nice display. Well preserved, about 1/2 hour for a visit. Also showcases info about how local wine imports influenced the area.

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Houston, Texas
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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

While the steep street climb to this turret castle is an unavoidable product of geology, the tour itself starts with a long, 45 degree stairway with approx. 10" or higher step rise. My wife simply could not negotiate this and our visit was finished.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

It costs 3€ to see this nice museum of wine hosted by the 16th century Desmond Castle which used to serve as a customs house and 18th century prison . The wine museum offers of course no wine tasting and does not aspire to present the history of wine but it narrows it's presentation to the Irish contribution to the... More

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