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Desmond Castle & International Museum of Wine

Desmond Castle Cork Street, Kinsale, Ireland
+353 21 477 4855
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Wine History!

The castle is small and not much to see but it is nice to take a pop in especially if you have the... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2017
Who knew such wine history existed here???

We conducted our own walking tour because we missed the others. Desmond Castle is an interesting... read more

Reviewed 8 June 2017
Caro D
Austin, Texas
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  • Average28%
  • Poor9%
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“wine trade” (11 reviews)
“tower house” (6 reviews)
“wine making” (3 reviews)
Desmond Castle Cork Street, Kinsale, Ireland
+353 21 477 4855
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Reviewed 14 June 2017

The castle is small and not much to see but it is nice to take a pop in especially if you have the Ireland Heritage card with you.It's and international museum of wine and you get to see what the castle was used for.It has...More

1  Thank AriPadilla
Reviewed 8 June 2017

We conducted our own walking tour because we missed the others. Desmond Castle is an interesting trip through history - excise house, prison, work house, links to wine around the world.

Thank Caro D
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Nice stop that we came across while exploring the town. An hour or less is all you need to explore this site.

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Building is very cute fortified tower with a colourful history. Didn't need to go up to the wine museum to enjoy it!

Thank gra1Sydney
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This building has a rich history and lots went on (including serving as a jail for American POW's during the US War of Independence) -- but the mannequins don't seem to have been updated since the Irish President came for a visit during the 1990's.

Thank Dennis C
Reviewed 25 May 2017

The Desmond Castle is old, ~1500. It was the customs house, then a jail, then a workhouse for the poor. Now it's a museum. Not fancy. You get the history of the castle, and there's a wine museum on two of the floors talking about...More

Thank NCDoc
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This was a good stop for a quick self guided tour. Interesting history and right in town so I would recommend. Tip: You get to tour for free on Wednesday's.

Thank dmsticha
Reviewed 21 April 2017

This is a small museum. Friendly, helpful, knowledgable staff. There are quite a few steps to walk up. I recommend doing a bit of research on the building and area before visiting, to have more context.

Thank Kristi J
Reviewed 22 March 2017

I had a look from the outside as in March the castle isnt open. It has a Wine Museum here too but this also was not open. This castle was used as an arms store by the Spanish during the siege of 1601. In the...More

Thank Bernie C
Reviewed 9 February 2017

We were in town to explore and were walking around when we came across this small castle-like building on Cork Street not far from the police (garda) station. It is a tower house that was originally built in the 16th centry as a customs house....More

Thank ct-cruisers
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