Support our Nation today - please donate here

Restoration plans submitted for ‘I’m a Celebrity’ castle

30 Jun 2023 2 minute read
Gwrych Castle. Photo by Bumblewales is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Richard Evans, local democracy reporter

The restoration of an iconic Abergele castle has moved a step closer, following a planning application being submitted to Conwy Council.

Dr Mark Baker of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust has submitted two separate planning applications to renovate the 19th-century gothic ruin.

Having recently been granted permission to hold weddings ceremonies and events at the castle, the charity is now hoping to replace several of the buildings’ temporary roofs.

The application includes plans for a new slated roof to replace a temporary roof over the blacksmith’s building, which is also known as the coach house.

There are also plans for a slated and part-glazed roof over the wash house, which is currently open to the elements – as well as plans for a roof for the building known as the bothy.

The trust also hopes to reinstate the floors of the wash house, blacksmith’s building, garage, and bothy areas, as well as add windows and doors to these buildings – with the exception of the blacksmith’s.

The charity also wants to make stonework repairs to the grade-one listed castle made famous by the ITV ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’ show.

Visitor attractions

The application states that the areas they want to upgrade are currently used as visitor attractions and previously used by the ‘I’m a Celebrity…’ show.

Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust is funding the restoration by holding guided tours, ghost tours, selling annual passes, and holding informative historical lectures – as well as the weddings and events.

The planning application will likely be debated by Conwy County Council’s planning committee at a future meeting.

Support our Nation today

For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Our Supporters

All information provided to Nation.Cymru will be handled sensitively and within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act 2018.