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I’m a Celebrity returns to Gwrych Castle amidst COVID restrictions

I'm a Celebrity is back in the castle again this year

I’m a Celebrity finally returns to our screens this month, with the latest batch of celebrities due to enter the chilly Welsh castle very, very soon.

A far cry from the Australian jungle, due to COVID restrictions, the show will be set in the UK again this year.

The crumbling castle is the same one used for filming last year, when the show was forced to film outside of Oz for the first time since it first aired.

But what do we know about the castle they’ll be staying in? And can us mere mortals book a stay there too?

Read on for all you need to know

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Ant and Dec at the I’m a Celebrity castle (Credit: ITV)

Where is the I’m a Celebrity castle?

This year’s I’m a Celebrity will be set in the dark and damp delights of Gwrych Castle.

Gwrych Castle is in a lovely town called Abergele which is home to beautiful countryside and sandy beaches.

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The town is situated in North Wales, right next to the Irish sea coast.

Can regular people stay there?

Sadly, the castle is not available for overnight stays

However, the park it sits in is usually open to the public and they even host fantastic events at the castle.

Visitors can partake in Easter egg hunts, afternoon tea and Christmas fetes.

You can even experience a haunting ghost hunt around the castle if you’re brave enough!

Kids tickets cost £2.50 and adults cost £5.

arial view of Gwrych Castle
The arial view of Gwrych Castle shows a crumbling ruin (Credit: Splash News)

When was the castle built?

Gwrych Castle was built between 1812 and 1822 by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh as a memorial to his mother’s ancestors.

However, during World War II the castle was sold and used as part of Operation Kindertransport, ending nearly 1000 years of continuous family ownership.

In the 1900s, the castle was intended to be an Opera Centre and Hotel by an American property that purchased it.

Unfortunately, the sale fell through and instead the castle was asset-stripped and left to ruin.

What is it like inside?

Many Cclebs who were on the show last year have shared their thoughts on what it’s actually like to stay at Gwrych Castle.

Jordan North said to Vick Hope on BBC Radio 1: “It was awful. I think it’s a lot harder. I think it is a bit more sinister. The trials feel more dark and sinister.”

On I’m a Celeb’s spin-off show The Daily Drop, Ant McPartlin also commented: “We’ve spoken to them down at the trials and we said: ‘Is it cold in there?’

“They said it’s that cold that you never, ever get warm.”

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One of the big issues the castle has at the moment is that it has no electricity and water.

As a result, the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust owner Mark Baker has launched a campaign – called Turn the Lights and Taps – on to raise money to restore power and water.

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Aaliyah Ashfield
Digital Marketing Apprentice