I'm a Celeb: First Photos of Gwrych Castle Revealed
I'm a Celeb: First Photos of Gwrych Castle Revealed
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I'm a Celeb: First Photos of Gwrych Castle Revealed

Aerial images of the Gwrych Castle show that this season's I'm a Celeb contestants will be fighting the cold and survive without a roof.

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here2020 will see a huge change of scenario for competitors as they swap the hot Australian jungle for the cold, damp, North Wales countryside.

ITV bosses reportedly paid £1 million for the 250-acre land and images of the castle after its recent construction have finally been revealed.

This season won't come without its challenges for the I'm a Celeb competitors as images reveal that the Castle will be left without a roof. This means that celebrities will be fighting the freezing November temperatures, not to mention the cold showers. The usual 22C Australian weather will now be contrasted with a chilly 8.5C as the castle will also be carrying in the cold air from the Irish Sea.

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ITV bosses have also been thrilled to learn that the castle as a reputation for being haunted by many spirits including the ghost of the most recent owner the Countess of Dundonald.

Producers have announced that they will also be setting up cameras to capture any potential paranormal activity. A source told the Sun:

Producers are chuffed with the new location — they're excited for a change in scenery this year. The Bushtucker trial crew, who work tirelessly all year round, have been working overtime to come up with some terrifying new trials and challenges. Not only will there be creepy crawlies galore, but now they have the added aid of playing with a haunted castle. They think it will make for brilliant TV.
Paul Greenwood Photography/REX
Paul Greenwood Photography/REX

The castle has quite a long-running history and was built between 1812 and 1822 by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh as a memorial to his mother's ancestors, Lloyds of Gwrych.

The legend of the family is that the first hedge in Wales was planted at the castle's location. But, if that tidbit of history wasn't interesting enough, the castle was also used by the government during World War Two to host over 200 Jewish refugee children who had fled from the Nazis.

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The location also brings trials to the I'm a Celeb presenters Ant and Dec. The duo might have a bit of an issue with Welsh pronunciation as the castle is located in a village called Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch.

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But jungle or no jungle, audiences will still be entertained to watch celebs fight to survive in the crumbling, derelict castle.

Check out the video above for more images of Gwrych Castle.

By Johanna Garner
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