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Desmond Castle

Category: Families, Rainy Day, Culture, Sightseeing

Type: Castles, Historic Homes & Sites, Museums & Galleries, Visitor Centres, General Attractions

Cork Street
Kinsale
Co Cork
Tel: +353 21 477 4855

Please mention ireland-guide.com when enquiring.

Desmond Castle hosts the International Museum of Wine Exhibition, that documents the unique history of Ireland's wine links with Europe and the wider world

Desmond Castle

Desmond Castle was built by the Earl of Desmond c. 1500 as a Customs House and was used for this purpose until 1641 when it was converted into a naval prison, following the construction of a new Customs House. The prisoners kept in the Castle were mainly French and Spanish and it is known locally as the French Prison.

The castle fell into decay but was restored by the government in the 1990s.  It is a fine example of an urban tower house with a three storey keep with storehouses to the rear.

Today Desmond Castle hosts the International Museum of Wine Exhibition, that documents the unique history of Ireland's wine links with Europe and the wider world.

Opening Time:

Open daily 5th April-19th September 10am-6pm. Last admission 1 hour before closing

Admission Charge:

Adults €3; Child/Student €1; OAP/Group €2; Family €8.
Desmond Castle - Kinsale County Cork Ireland
Desmond Castle - Kinsale County Cork Ireland
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