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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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Its not exactly a meuseum and there is no Wine. I would say its a building with Historic Information. You will get to know about Battle of Kinsale, how French prisoners were kept... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its not exactly a meuseum and there is no Wine. I would say its a building with Historic Information. You will get to know about Battle of Kinsale, how French prisoners were kept and about Wine trade. If you have limited time, better to skip.

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Avondale, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great little place to visit. awesome stories of history and wine making in Ireland. which most families moved to southern france to craft their legacy.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place looks small from the outside, but has loads of history: medieval times, Famine, Diaspora, French prison, wine storage,... The people working there is highly experienced and has a lot to tell in order to make the most of your experience there

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stop by the information center. Get a tour first. Learn about the place first. There is no wine! Enjoy the walk and history of the area.

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York Beach, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

The History of the Desmond Castle makes it well worth the trek up the hill to its Kinsale location. Built about 1500, the castle has a tower house and a keep with storehouses. During the Battle of Kinsale, Desmond Castle was used by the Spanish Forces under the leadership of Don Juan Del Aguila. It was declared a national monument... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

I've been to much more interesting locations, but the history of the building made it worth finding. You should not go just for the wine museum. It really wasn't much.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

When we were in Kinsale, our B and B was less than a block from this castle building that was more of a building with info in it than a true museum. Information was limited but the gentlemen who ran the museum tried to be interesting but it was just not working. Only 4 Euros per person but might be... More 

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Saint Johns, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

The name is really not clear. The "international" means two different historical threads. First, there is information on the wine trade in centuries past. More interestingly, there is a section on Irish "Wild Geese" - Catholics who fled Ireland - and ended up owning some of the premier wineries around the world, from France to Australia.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

My wife and I recently visited Kinsale and stayed at a lovely B&B across the street from the castle. Our host recommended that we take a tour. Very interesting from the outside but really not a lot inside. Honestly, the wine bit is a real stretch. I would not recommend this.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016 via mobile

We were a disappointed to finally find this exhibit only to not find an entrance or possibly was not open. Difficult to locate, may be worth it but we will never know

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