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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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English first
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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61 reviews 61 reviews
37 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

And it was a nice surprise to happen upon Desmond Castle. It is a small museum up a hill in Kinsale. Be aware that there are many steps and may not be that interesting to children. While the structure itself is in excellent shape and well maintained, it was the small review of wines made by Irish emigrant families throughout... More

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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I tend to enjoy wine and try hard to be educated about it, but I did learn much more about the Irish tie to US wine culture - really enjoyed that!

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Hicksville, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The tour guide was very informative! We really enjoyed learning all of the town's history through his knowledgeable wit and humor. Definitely worth the time.

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Forest, Virginia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Small property with a knowledgeable tour guide. It combined history of the area and property, and the history of wine making and distribution.

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Culver City, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The staff was very kind in offering to provide a mini off-schedule lecture about the site. We had a really hard time understanding what he was saying, but appreciated him taking the time to give us background.

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Boston, MA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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