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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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Quick visit to this castle, but we did not find much of interest here. Go to Ross castle in Killarney or Cahir castle in Cahir to see better castles.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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Barrington, Illinois
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University Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Ypu can get the guide to take you around, it takes about 30 minutes and you will learn a lot. The castle itself can be toured in around 30 minutes and is well worth it.

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Denver, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

if you have the OPW card and can get in free, it's an amusing diversion. Not worth paying to get into.

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Barrington, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Quick visit to this castle, but we did not find much of interest here. Go to Ross castle in Killarney or Cahir castle in Cahir to see better castles.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

There is a couple of rooms filled with information about the wine trade the connection to the Irish. I found this quite interesting. The rest of the site covers the unfortunate history of this site as a prison. Definitely worth a visit if you have 30min or so. There is a carpark just down the hill on Chairman's lane.

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Long Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Very interesting site. Was a customs house then a prison for a while. This site held prisoners form the Revolutionary War. Great place for history buffs.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This was a very interesting small museum, to make the most of it though you need to make sure that the OPW guide at the ticket desk gives you a full background to the history otherwise you could run in and out without fully appreciating the place.

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Valley Falls, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

A small bit of history - doesn't take long. It wasn't the time for a tour, but the man taking the money for the small fee to get in offered to tell us the history of the castle anyway, which really added to the experience.

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Western Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This is a fun place because it reveals a lot about Ireland Americans wouldn't know about like the wine trade, the battles, the flight of the Irish Geese, all in a really neat castle. I think anyone would get something out of the exhibits here.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The castle is actually an old duty office and jail. It is a bit small to be excellent and the jail part is not worthwhile on its own. The Irish wine connections history is fascinating and spreads even to Australia. But the French Bordeaux connections to some of the best - chateau Margau, Lynch-Bages and Chateau D'Yquem - is of... More 

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Northern California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I guess it is interesting that this was used as a jail and they did crowd prisoners in there and many people died. But the International Museum of Wine?

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Address: Cork St., Kinsale, Ireland
Phone Number: 021 477 4855
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Cork  >  Kinsale

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