Desmond Castle

Built as a custom house by the Earl of Desmond c. AD 1500, Desmond Castle has a colourful history, ranging from Spanish occupation in 1601 to use as a prison for captured American sailors during the American War of Independence.

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Location

Cork Street Kinsale , Co Cork

History

Built as a custom house by the Earl of Desmond c. AD 1500, Desmond Castle has a colourful history, ranging from Spanish occupation in 1601 to use as a prison for captured American sailors during the American War of Independence. It is known locally as "The French Prison" after a tragic fire in which 54 prisoners, mainly French seamen, died in 1747. The Castle was also used as a borough jail from 1791 to the onset of the Great Famine when it was used as an auxiliary workhouse tending to the starving populace. The International Museum of Wine opened in Desmond Castle in 1997. It features an exhibition which documents the intriguing story of Ireland's wine links with Europe and the wider world from the early modern period to the present day. Access to site is by stone stairway.

 

Limited access for visitors with disabilities by prior arrangement.

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Details

Opening Times

Mid April - Mid June Tue - Sun 10:00-18:00
Mid June - Early October Daily 10:00-18:00
Last admission 45 mins. before closing. Groups must be pre-booked.

Visit Length

1hr

Admission

Adult EUR 2.75 Child EUR 1.25 Student EUR 1.25 Senior EUR 2.00 Family EUR 7.00 Group EUR 2.00

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Information

Leaflets: Yes Guided Tours: Yes Audio Visual: Yes Exhibition: Yes

Facilities

Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes

Opening Times

Mid April - Mid June Tue - Sun 10:00-18:00
Mid June - Early October Daily 10:00-18:00
Last admission 45 mins. before closing. Groups must be pre-booked.

Facilities

Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes

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