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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
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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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Birmingham
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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!

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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.

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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 touring Kinsale.

1  Thank Brian C
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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 the poor. ir was interesting to see the historical exhibits, but also the wine museum on one floor.

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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 but this includes a guided tour.

Thank rockville41
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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 given by funny & enthusiastic staff. The tour is then self guided. The castle is small but interesting history none the less. The castle was built by the Earl of Desmond in the 1500's as a Customs house but also served as a prison, ordnance store during the Battle of Kinsale & Great Famine workhouse. Now it is used as a small wine museum which details Ireland's ties to wine & other countries. Detailed plaques of information & some antique wine pieces. Very interesting to any wine lover. Once you hear the brief history of the castle you will understand why this castle logically became a wine museum.
When we arrived in Kinsale we parked in the first car park, the main town car park on main street next to all the shops & restaurants. You pay at the machine & display in the car. No more than 2 hours allowed. There are 3 free car parks in town as well.

1  Thank Debra C
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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 people are not aware of the influence the Irish has had on the wine trade!

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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! I've taken so many photos, I'll enjoy sharing them with family and friends on Facebook, so expect an influx of visitors. Please can you supply more merchandise, I would have love to buy a corkscrew, or even a bottle of Irish wine! It should be a must on everyone's itinerary when visiting Kinsale!

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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 interested in the particular subject, this is the place to go.

Visit is easy enough with a baby carrier but I would not do it with a stroller because of all the steps.

Thank Larry S
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Reviewed August 27, 2017

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

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