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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: Driving, City walk sightseeing

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Not that big and not that interresting

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Morgan City, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is not really a castle, and although it is very limited in what it offers as far as information is concerned, what they do have is interesting.

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University Park, Maryland
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72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

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 20 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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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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