I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! is back on our screens, with a new group of celebrities competing to be named King or Queen of the Castle.
While the series normally takes place in the wilds of Australia, this year the cinemas were forced to adapt due to epidemic for the second year running.
With gardens and 250 acres of grounds, the castle offers stunning views of the old parkland and the Irish Sea.
Its official website explains that Gwrych Castle was built between 1812 and 1822 by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh, as a memorial to the ancestors of his mother, Lloyds of Gwrych.
It was built on the site of an Elizabethan house called Y Fron (“round hill”), which had fallen into disrepair.
A number of important architects have become attached to the castle and its estate over the years, including Charles Augustus Busby, Thomas Rickman and George Edmund Street.
In 1940, Henry Kennedy was hired to add extensions to the castle – including new bedroom wings, stairs and porches – during the 1840s.
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The castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, a poet, landowner and patron of the Welsh arts who is said to have a grudge against her husband. Visitors claim to have seen an angry woman in white lurking along the walls.
The castle was requisitioned during World War II as part of Operation Kindertransport, when it was home to 200 Jewish refugee children fleeing Nazi Germany. After the war, it was sold by the Dundonald family, which ended nearly 1,000 years of continuous family ownership.
It was purchased in 1948 by Leslie Salts, who ran it as the “Showplace of Wales” for 20 years, after which it was resold and operated as a medieval entertainment center. During this time, the castle went through a period of decline that culminated in it being closed to the public in 1985.
In 1997, it was saved by schoolboy Mark Baker, who launched a campaign to save it by writing letters to Tony Blair and Prince Charles.
He founded the Gwrych Castle Preservation Fund to raise awareness of its proven history, and the foundation eventually purchased the castle in 2018.
I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! starting at 9pm on Sunday, 11/11 on ITV.
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