My daughter (and okay, me too) have been trying to book a Tayto Tour for a while now, and finally managed to secure a place on one on Monday 3rd September once the schools had gone back.
We were aware from the comprehensive notes on the website and also sent to us with the booking confirmation that there were no onsite facilities for the public, but as they say, there is plenty of parking outside the gates, and plenty of places to eat and drink in the town. There are two pubs, two cafes and a tea room within 100 yards of the gate.
We were pleasantly surprised to discover that we were the only visitors on our tour, that said, we still got our photo opportunity with Mr Tayto, and a full safety briefing before entering the doors to the factory. It’s a small operation, but produces an amazing range of crisps and snacks for many big customers as well as their own Tayto products, which as anyone from N Ireland will tell you are the best in the world, especially the cheese and onion crisps!
As well as seeing to whole process from potato to packet, there were many sampling opportunities as we went around -there’s nothing like a warm crisp just out of the fryer! The tour guide was knowledgeable, and went out of her way to see that I was able to leave with crisps on top of the free pack.
At the end of the tour, you get to choose a multipack of crisps to take away with you, But there is no pressure to buy any other souvenirs. The whole thing is great value for the relatively modest charge - and there really is a Tayto Castle - it’s not just a marketing gimmick!
A must for every crisp and snack lover
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