Take a look at the future plans for Gwrych Castle and see the full I'm A Celebrity set...

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

Jamie Bolton | Capture Wales


Gwrych Castle in Abergele is the most talked about place in the UK right now, so we're excited to be showing you around the new set! We also have the exciting plans for Phase 1 of the restoration and the truth behind some of the rumours.

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Gwrych Castle is the new home to 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here' and the new set has finally been revealed. Gwrych Castle transformed with medieval baths, camp beds and the new kiosk which has been named 'Ye Olde Shoppe', where Kiosk Keith has been replaced with the appropriately named Kiosk Cledwyn!


A lot of things will be different this year, the climate being one of those big changes, but one thing which hasn't changed (much) is the iconic red phone box which will be used by the campmates to win treats by answering questions correctly.


The line-up was revealed last week with a great mix of 10 celebrities entering the castle from Sir Mo Farah, Shane Ritchie, Vernon Kay and Victoria Derbyshire just to name a few. The shows '20 year anniversary' for I'm A Celebrity is going to be very different and it will go down in the history after spending the prior 19 years in the Australian jungle.


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The show will bring a huge boost to the economy, not only in Abergele but North Wales in general. The local town has been full of excitement with banners and stickers in shop windows and 'I'm A Celebrity' themed products being sold.


Ultimately the show will also help to restore the castle to its former glory, however there has been a lot of speculation regarding the fee paid by the popular TV show, with some articles claiming that the fee was in the millions. This is not true! The fee is said to be closer to £300,000 and whilst this is a great sum to enable urgent repairs to be carried out, it's nowhere near the £10 million pounds required for phase 1 of the project.


Gwrych Castle have a GoFundMe page to raise the funds required to bring water and power back to the site for the first time since the 1980's. It may not be the most romantic thing to raise funds for but these services are required to replace the generators and water tanks. Click here and help raise those much needed funds!


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We're also pleased to show you the future plans for Phase 1 of the castle. The plans will bring the castle back to life and will provide an unforgettable experience for the whole family to enjoy. The impressive plans include pop up graphic displays, props and making the most of innovative and interactive technology to provide a digital trail where visitors can connect to localised wi-fi which would broadcast content, images, film and audio to their own devices.


Taking centre stage in the visitors entrance will be an impressive dining table showcasing a graphic timeline highlighting how the castle has been used and abused throughout it's life. We cannot wait to visit Gwrych Castle once it reopens next year!


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We've previously written about the man behind Gwrych Castle, Dr Mark Baker, who set out to save the castle when he was 11 years old and we also took a look around the beach side cottage within the estate which is available to stay in. You can see both articles at the bottom of this article.


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