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Desmond Castle & International Museum of Wine

Address: Cork St., Kinsale, Ireland
Phone Number: 021 477 4855
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Ranked #14 of 29 things to do in Kinsale
Type: Castles, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving, City walk sightseeing
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Type: Castles, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving, City walk sightseeing

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English first
Kinsale, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Steep steps make it not suitable for disabled persons. It contains the Irish International Wine Museum.

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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This 16th Century "Castle" is really an old Customs House that had been fortified over the years by the Spanish and was thus used to imprison "Yankee" sailors during the American War of Independence. The Museum of Wine component reflects the town's link to the wine trade over the years, and even Australian wine gets a mention! This was our... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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128 reviews 128 reviews
26 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

A small place by any standards but worth an hour, possibly more. What is so good here is that for a very small admission fee, the chat with staff is almost worth the price of the admission. The gentleman we spoke with (and paid our money to) was so knowledgeable and so keen to share it. A great start to... More 

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rural montana
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We enjoyed this museum as it is a wine museum. What is not to like about wine! Very interesting history and right up the street from our B & B.

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Bobcaygeon, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
17 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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