Tayto Castle

Ask anyone in northern or southern Ireland what their favourite brand of crisps are and chances are Tayto will be prominent in your responses.
Originally the home of the O’Hanlon clan over 500 years ago and exchanging hands between King James I of England, Sir Oliver St. John before being destroyed during an attempted recapture by the O’Hanlons in 1641. It was rebuilt by the Duke of Manchester in the 1800s.
Then in October 1943 the castle became the garrison home of the 28th Cavalry Squadron, 6th Cavalry Group – 3rd United States Army where it was used for training and preparation for the D-Day Normandy invasions.
In 1955 the castle was in need of repair and was bought by a visionary local businessman, Thomas Hutchinson who had the clever idea to make a new potato product called crisps, and started making Tayto crisps creating one of the world’s best loved brands.
An enduring feature of Tayto has been the brand’s lovable mascot and has starred in many of his own advertisements.
1964 Tayto became one of the first companies to sell different flavours of crisps with Smoky Bacon and Prawn Cocktail being two of the most popular.
Why not book a tour of the factory which is open to visitors, who will get the opportunity to experience the full magic of Tayto, will get to see how the crisps and snacks are made and even meet Mr Tayto.

"Took a friend from the US to visit the castle. We all had a great time and enjoyed the free samples afterwards. Well worth a visit."

By Robert Hamilton

02 Jan 2017

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