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Desmond Castle & International Museum of Wine

Cork St., Kinsale, Ireland
021 477 4855
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Ranked #6 of 9 attractions in Kinsale
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Loveland, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We popped in here while wandering the town, but really it's not a site worth putting on your itinerary. If time's tight, pass this one up. If you have free time that you're wandering, looking for something to do...then stop.

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Dublin, Ireland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

looks amazing from outside - not large but very old. can't wait to get back and get inside. Prices very reasonable.

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Cooperstown
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113 reviews 113 reviews
41 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The door to the reception room was unlocked so we went in. No one was in attendance so we left. We didn't expect much and our expectation still wasn't met.

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Louth, Lincolnshire
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Loved the guide who was very knowledgable and gave an interesting talk about the origins of the Irish and wine

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Hertfordshire
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This is a small place consisting of an old jail and some rooms about Ireland and the wine industry. It doesn't take long to go around. The information boards are quite good and tell you what need to know to understand what went on there. We were the only visitors so the chap on the front desk told us some... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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33 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Its a small well preserved castle built around 1500 dedicated to the history of people who left Ireland from the 17th to the 19th century began various wineriesand established wine links with Europe and the rest of the world. Its a short self guided tour. You thinkk you know something about wine then you come here and learn more.

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Dundalk, Ireland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Interesting castle to visit. Well informed staff were happy to answer questions. It didn't take long to tour the castle as it's small, but well worth a visit if you're in Kinsale.

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Ireland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A very good restoration job has been carried out here, interesting guided tour and a history of Irish families involved in the wine trade, we were lucky to get our own private tour as we were the only ones there,

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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Although the castle is small, it is well worth the visit. The history is very interesting and the staff very knowledgable. It is a great opportunity to tour a castle, and learn about the wine history of the Kinsale area.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

you only see a tiny bit of the castle, and the wine museum consists of a couple small rooms with some info on Irish people that do wine in other countries. Should have skipped this, it was a waste of time and money.

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