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Desmond Castle & International Museum of Wine

Desmond Castle Cork Street, Kinsale, Ireland
+353 21 477 4855
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Unique castle in Kinsale

I have visited Kinsale for so many years and did not know about this lovely little Castle which is... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dublin, Ireland
Ireland & wine...who knew

We walked in from the main town car park which took less than 10 minutes. I expected the structure... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Debra C
Kissimmee, Florida
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Desmond Castle Cork Street, Kinsale, Ireland
+353 21 477 4855
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank rockville41
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Debra C
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Makattak59
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank atropos_uk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Larry S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Sergiy M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I stopped here one morning because it was a short walk from our B&B. We had purchased the OPW Heritage Card earlier on our trip so we didn't have to pay the entrance fee. The guides at the desk were informative and...More

Thank Anitra W
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The Desmond Castle was full of history. The staff was well informed and obviously enjoyed giving out lots of information. Wine museum was a little disappointing but overall we enjoyed the experience.

Thank frinzi3
Reviewed 8 August 2017

I have been to Kinsale many times but only this last one I visited Desmond Castle, and I regret not doing it before! The history of the building is very interesting and the Wine Museum has an interesting take on the topic, showing the relationship...More

Thank Marla7
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Hard to find. The staff were fantastic. We were not as impressed the wine museum though as felt a lot more could be done with it.

Thank SandyFord16
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