The Tayto crisp factory is located in the grounds of Tandragee Castle - It was built in 1837 by The 6th Duke of Manchester as the family's Irish home. The Duke of Manchester acquired the estate through his marriage to Millicent Sparrow (1798–1848). During the Plantation of Ulster the castle at Tandragee became the property of Sir Oliver St. John, Lord Deputy of Ireland. He rebuilt the original stronghold of the O'Hanlon Clan. During the Irish Rebellion of 1641, however, the O'Hanlons attempted to regain their lands - the result was the castle being ruined; it remained so for two hundred years.The castle and estate were sold by the 10th Duke of Manchester (who was born at Tandragee) in the 1950s, and it was purchased by Mr. Hutchinson, a businessman from Tandragee.
We met Mr Tayto then had our trip around the Tayto factory (our tour guide Jen was excellent) sadly we were not allowed any camera equipment into the factory - for obvious reasons, however I can comment that is was a great trip and wonder experience for us all.
We Anderson's are all self confessed crisp-aholics, especially me!! This visit was a great experience to see the crisp making process.
Visit the Tayto Web Site Here - http://www.tayto.com
In all a very worthwhile excursion and I would highly recommend this trip to all you crisp eaters out there!!