Where is I’m A Celebrity filmed? Everything you need to know about Gwrych Castle

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    Where is I’m A Celebrity filmed?

    I’m A Celebrity 2020 is being filmed at Gwrych Castle. The castle is a privately owned, Grade I listed, 19th-century property near Abergele in Conwy County Borough, Wales.

    Nestled in the hills overlooking the Irish Sea, the atmospheric ruined castle with its sprawling design and turrets is spread across 250 acres of gardens and grounds.

    Dr Mark Baker, Chair of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust said: “I’m absolutely delighted that I’m A Celebrity has chosen Gwrych Castle to be its UK location for the 2020 series.

    “Gwrych Castle is a beautiful grade I listed 19 century country house and a must-see destination for tourists visiting Wales. I’m A Celebrity being here will really help support Gwrych Castle and its ongoing restoration. Plus give the region a much-needed economic boost.”

    Lord Elis-Thomas, The Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism added: “We’re extremely pleased to welcome such a large production to Wales, offering a chance to showcase a spectacular part of our country to significant audiences across the UK.”

    How do you pronounce Gwrych Castle?

    The Welsh language is a very tricky one to learn. Even Ant and Dec have been struggling with how to pronounce Gwrych Castle correctly!

    According to WalesOnline, there has been a lot of variation when it comes to the correct pronunciation in the mainstream media. Everything from “goo-reach” to “graich” has been used.

    However, a researcher at Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, Rhŷn Williams, has confirmed you pronounce it as “Goow-rreech”. He said “the stress on the ‘W’ part is paramount”.

    Gwrych Castle, where I'm A Celebrity is filmed

    Gwrych Castle, where I’m A Celebrity is filmed, is in Abergele, North Wales

    Is Gwrych Castle open to the public?

    Yes, Gwrych Caslte is usually open to the public. However, it is currently closed until the New Year because I’m A Celebrity 2020 is being filmed there.

    Although Gwrych Caslte does open to the public, you can’t visit the main part of the castle itself at the moment because it is a ruin.

    The castle’s website says: “There is no public access at all to the main building due to its ruinous state. The terrain is often uneven, with many steep footpaths.”

    Grwych Castle has been largely left untouched for 30 years. That was until ITV came and offered £300,000 to use it for I’m A Celebrity 2020.

    Dr Mark Baker told the Radio Times: “The deal will certainly significantly advance our long-term mission to restore the castle.”

    ITV is understood to have introduced some temporary roofing, and Dr Baker has said the trust will ensure all roofs are converted into slate next year, part of the next phase of renovations on site. The transformation project will ultimately allow the trust to start using more spaces on the estate.