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Desmond Castle & International Museum of Wine

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Nice little urban castle

While the castle wasn't open when we visited the building itself is a nice little urban castle... read more

Reviewed April 28, 2018
Peter O
Albury, Australia
Interesting discussion on the wine trade in Kinsale

The castle has an interesting and at times tragic history. On the second floor they have added a... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2017
Brian C
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Desmond Castle Cork Street, Kinsale, Ireland
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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

Trip to Kinsale was a bit of a write off! The tourist information office was shut, at 10am! This caste is closed all summer. It would have been nice to know!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed April 28, 2018

While the castle wasn't open when we visited the building itself is a nice little urban castle which appears to be in pretty good condition. I like castles so I liked Desmond Castle and thought it was worth the visit.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2017

The castle has an interesting and at times tragic history. On the second floor they have added a section on the history of wine growing, and trading, that is a good add on to the castle itself. This is a good one hour diversion from...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed September 29, 2017

We found this old place after wandering around Kinsale, and were delighted. We were the only visitors at the time and the attendant was very knowledgeable and helpful. The building was at one time a customs house, a fort, a dungeon/prison and a workhouse for...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank ganguy
Reviewed September 20, 2017

I have visited Kinsale for so many years and did not know about this lovely little Castle which is an essential place to visit to take in the atomosphere and understand the history of Kinsale. Operated by the Irish OPW there is a small fee...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed September 14, 2017

We walked in from the main town car park which took less than 10 minutes. I expected the structure to be towering alone but was in the center of a quaint building lined street. The entry is 5€ per adult & includes a brief history...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed September 14, 2017

A definite must see when in Kinsale, Ireland. The story about the wine and the Irish influence is well worth the tour through the castle. I don't want to reveal too much, then you would not want to go. I think even the native Irish...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed September 7, 2017 via mobile

Impossible to take in all the detail about the wine industry in a short visit, I only had an hour. I was greeted by an amazingly knowledgeable and friendly member of staff. Margaret, your introduction to this wonderful museum was worth the €3 and more!...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 29, 2017

Staff is really friendly and give you a great introduction to the castle. Bulk of the Museum is dedicated to Ireland's connection to the wine trade. If you are not interested in Ireland's connection to wine, you may want to skip this. If you are...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Larry S
Reviewed August 27, 2017

Central located castle is not big. Wine history exhibition is presented inside. Price is very reasonable.

Date of experience: August 2017
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