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Desmond Castle International Museum of Wine

Attractions History & culture

Bulit as the Customs House by Maurice Fitzgerald, 9th Earl of Desmond, following the grant of the customs of the port of Kinsale to the Earls of Desmond by King Henry VII in 1497.  

Located on Cork Street in the centre of Kinsale, the castle houses a modern display of history from from the town of Kinsale.  A new wine museum gives the history of the 'Wine Geese' - the Irish families who became involved in the wine trade overseas.

Opening hours:

10am to 6pm from mid April to early October.

  • Location Macdonald Kinsale Hotel & Spa
  • Date range April - October

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Macdonald Kinsale Hotel & Spa 4 Stars

Set in 90 acres of mature wooded parkland and offering panoramic views over Oysterhaven Bay, our luxury hotel near Cork is a peaceful and tranquil setting for our guests.

  • Modern hotel in stunning surroundings
  • Magnificent views of Oysterhaven Bay
  • 70 luxurious bedrooms
  • Spa & leisure club onsite
  • Meeting & conference facilities
  • Tailored wedding services

from €94.00 per room per stay

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