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All there is to know about Gwrych Castle: Staircase death to royal links!

Gwrych Castle is the new home of ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2020. So, let’s get to know more about it’s history, from the staircase to the Castle’s links to royalty.

The twentieth series of I’m A Celebrity is in full swing in November 2020. Due to the pandemic, the show has been relocated from it’s usual home of Australia to drizzly Wales.

As well as the switch-up from Jungle to Castle, Bushtucker trials have simply become trials, the dunny is now a privvy and Dingo Dollars are now known as Castle Coins!

Screenshot: Gwrych Castle staircase I’m A Celebrity 2020 – ITV

I’m A Celebrity 2020: Gwrych Castle

ITV’s I’m A Celebrity is being filmed live from Abergele, Wales in 2020. Ten celebrities had to scale the side of a mountain before bedding down for their first night in a castle on November 15th.

From talking paintings to its moss-covered walls, Gwrych Castle is the perfect eery location for I’m A Celebrity series 20 to take place.

Ant and Dec are covering the show live, as they would have in Oz, but their backdrop is more majestic this year than ever before.

Gwrych Castle: History

As many castles do, Gwrych Castle has a long and interesting history.

The castle dates back to the 19th century and was built by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh, the High Sheriff of Denbighshire. It’s set on 250 acres of land and is privately owned.

According to Wales Online, the castle has links to the royal family. It was “passed to Bamford-Hesketh’s granddaughter, Winifred, Countess of Dundonald in 1894. She died in 1924 and left the castle in her will to King George V and the then Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward VIII)“.

As explained on the castle’s website, in the 1970’s the castle was used as a medieval entertainment centre. It was then purchased in 1990 by a buyer from the US who planned on turning the estate into an opera and centre and hotel, however, this never materialised. Follow the castle’s restoration and conservation on Twitter.

Gwrych Castle: What happened on the staircase?

By day, Gwrych Castle, pronounced “gwoo-rreech”, for anyone wondering, looks like something out of a fairytale, but by night, the castle looks pretty scary.

As reported by Wales Online, the main house is said to have had 120 rooms as well as a “marble staircase, designed by famed early 20th century architect Detmar Blow in 1914“.

Legend has it that the castle is haunted and the staircase, in particular, has a dark history. The castle hosts ghost hunts and members of the public can even spend the night in the “haunted” castle.

As detailed on the castle’s website, one volunteer, who was touring the castle in 2018, said: “The handrail gave way to nothingness and I felt something propel me up the top three stairs. Seconds later, my colleague told me the butler died right there on that same staircase. I hadn’t told her what just happened!

Other ghost encounters have included the sound of footsteps and paranormal activity. The “dark spirit” of Countess Winifred’s husband, the Earl of Dundonald, is said to still walk the halls of the castle to this day!



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After studying for her BA in Journalism at Solent University, Helen went straight into writing for GRV Media as years of binge-watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta finally started to pay off. Helen has been with the company for over three years, writing about reality TV and specialising in USA and UK content. Outside of work you’ll find her rustling up Nigella’s latest recipes, or at the beach walking her dog.