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Gwrych Castle

Postcard of Gwrych Castle

Gwrych Castle (or Castell Gwrych in Welsh) is a Grade I listed nineteenth-century country house located near Abergele in Conwy. The Castle was built between 1819 & 1825 by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh, who was the grandfather of Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald.

The 1500ft frontage of the Georgian castle contains eighteen battlemented towers inspired by various Welsh castles. The 250-acre estate includes a Roman shrine, iron-age hillforts and medieval battle sites.

The Lloyd family were the ancestral owners of Gwrych and had a lineage dating back to medieval times. They lived in the previous house for several hundred years before it was demolished to make way for the new castle. Parts of the old building can be seen incorporated into the current building.

Gwrych Castle in 2014
Gwrych Castle in 2014

Gwrych Castle was purchased in June 2018 by Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust in order to restore and open the historic buildings and estate to the public.

In August 2020, it was announced that the castle would be the setting for the 20th Anniversary series of “I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here”. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual base in Australia would be replaced with a ‘Staycation’. The trials are due to be based on the Medieval period with the winner crowned King or Queen of the Castle. Oh, and the castle is reputed to be Haunted!

Guided tours are available. See their website for details.

Gwrych Castle Postcard
Gwrych Castle Postcard
Gwrych Castle Postcard
Gwrych Castle Postcard
Gwrych Castle Postcard
Gwrych Castle Postcard
Gwrych Castle
Gwrych Castle
Engraving of Gwrych Castle, circa 1840
Engraving of Gwrych Castle, circa 1840

Photo attributions:
Raintheone / CC BY-SA
Raintheone / CC BY-SA

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Opening hours

  • Monday
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Last admission 4:00pm