Gwrych Castle Visitor’s Guide – for fans wishing to visit the British home of I’m a Celebrity
I’m a Celebrity officially returning to North Wales and that means all eyes will soon be on Gwrych Castle!
The historic estate, located in Abergele, will host the ITV reality TV series for a second year in a row.
His involvement in the show has gained national attention, with many fans now visiting the local attraction in recent months, once it reopened to the public.
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And it’s likely there will be increased interest in Gwrych Castle now that it’s confirmed as the location of the next series, which is set to begin in the fall.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a brief guide to visiting Gwrych Castle in case you are planning to visit in the near future. Information is subject to change.
When is it open?
Gwrych Castle is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week. The last admission to the estate in Conwy is at 4 p.m.
There is currently availability for the next few months, but it should be noted that the attraction unexpectedly closed at the end of August of last year to prepare for I’m a Celebrity 2020.
It is likely to temporarily shut down for production at some point in the near future, but there is no confirmed date for that yet. So you might want to get there as early as possible, unless you are prepared to wait until next year to visit.
How much do the tickets cost?
Adult admission is £ 5 while tickets for children (ages 3-15) cost £ 2.50. Admission is free for children under 3.
Visitors can purchase a ‘family’ ticket, covering entry for 2 adults and 3 children, for £ 15. In addition, caregivers have free entry.
Where do you buy tickets?
Gwrych Castle is currently only accepting pre-booked visitors. Anyone intending to visit should book tickets before arriving, including those with an annual pass.
Day tickets and annual membership can be purchased on the attraction’s website. Gift cards are also available.
What’s in Gwrych Castle?
Visitors can visit parts of the castle and its grounds, which have a rich history stretching back hundreds of years.
It should be noted that the main building is a ruin and therefore there is currently no public access, however there are “some interior areas” which are open to the public.
There are also I’m a Celebrity items around the estate with visitors able to view the places featured in the series.
You can read more about what visitors can see when visiting Gwrych Castle in our previous story here.
How accessible is it?
The Gwrych Castle website says it welcomes all visitors but warns people with disabilities that it is “a large property with great distances between different parts of the land”.
“The terrain is often rugged, with many steep trails. Many of our trails are not suitable for wheelchair users and the inclines can be tiring for a caregiver, ”he adds.
Likewise, visitors with young children are recommended to leave strollers in the car due to the terrain, unless they are prepared to carry the stroller.
The website adds, “Some autonomous three-wheeled vehicles, curbside vehicles, and power wheelchairs may have difficulty on the grounds of the estate.”
Visitors are encouraged to wear suitable footwear.
What are the on-site facilities?
There is free on-site parking for all vehicles, including coaches, and there are temporary toilets at the castle.
Due to the lack of running water and electricity at the attraction, there is currently no cafe. Rather, visitors are advised to bring a picnic to enjoy in the castle grounds.
In addition, “well behaved dogs” are allowed indoors and outdoors, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Dog owners are advised to bring water and a bowl.
You can learn more about Gwrych Castle, including its history, and purchase tickets by visiting its website here.
A spokesperson for the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust said: “We want everyone to enjoy the castle, but booking in advance is essential. We do not accept walk-in tours.”
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