Better known to visitors as the I'm a celebrity 2020/21 castle, Gwrych Castle and Estate, is located in Abergele just 30 minute drive from the Beaches Hotel, Prestatyn.
This 19th century romantic Regency Style Castle was the brainchild of Lloyd Hesketh Bamford Hesketh and a labour of love for him for more than 40 years. He was largely his own architect but various names including Charles Augustus Busby, the elder Pugin, Thomas Rickman and others were associated with its construction and design. The foundation stone was laid in 1819 with a vision of converting the Y Fron House, an ancestral home to Bamford Hesketh’s Welsh Mother.
What started out as a conversion evolved over the years as Bamford Hesketh became inspired first by his Grand Tour of France and Italy and then by the popular English Gothic style. He estate design was even influenced by his brother in law’s Downhill estate in Northern Ireland.
Today the ruins include 1,500ft long battlemented walls, striking turrets and towers and the beautifully terraced gardens. Look out for Hesketh Tower, the tallest at 100ft and the trees that were planted around the towers to add natural grandeur! The estate is 250 acres of buildings and gardens and has its own fascinating history. During World War II it was home to house 200 Jewish refugees.
Gwrych Castle Abergene is being used for filming for popular ITV reality show “I’m a celebrity get me out of here” this winter but the Castle hopes to reopen to visitors in Spring 2022.
The Gwyrch Castle Preservation Trust, which owns and runs the estate, also offers night time ghost hunts, cream teas and runs various other events throughout the season.
Facilities and Access
• Free parking and parking for coaches.
• We are dog friendly (on leads).
• Toilets on site.
No public access to the Main Building due to its ruinous state. Not currently suitable for wheelchairs or prams.
Opening times (Within Season)
10:00am – 5:00pm each day with last admission at 4:00pm
£10 for adults
£5 for children
£30 for a family ticket – 2 adults & 3 children