I'M CELEBRITY 2020 may be coming to a sprawling 200-year old castle which overlooks Abergele. 

ITV revealed on Friday, August 7, that the 20th series of I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! will be filmed in the UK at a ruined castle in the countryside.

The Sun Newspaper reported on Saturday, August 8 that the historic site is Gwrych Castle, a Grade I listed country house that stands in 250 acres of gardens and grounds. 

According to the media report, ITV is thought to be spending more than £1million on taking over the venue. 

Ant and Dec will host the series and the set up will remain similar to previous years - viewers will see celebrities undertake gruelling trials and challenges to win food and treats.

The winner will be crowned King or Queen of the Castle.

Richard Cowles, Director of Entertainment at ITV Studios, said: “We pulled out all the stops to try and make the series happen in Australia. 

"Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and despite us looking at many different contingencies, it became apparent that it just wasn’t possible for us to travel and make the show there. However, we are all really excited about a UK version of I’m A Celebrity.  While it will certainly be different producing the show from the UK, the same tone and feel will remain.  

“Our celebrities will probably have to swap shorts for thermals but they can still look forward to a basic diet of rice and beans and plenty of thrills and surprises along the way”.

Dr Mark Baker, chairman of Gwyrch Castle Preservation Trust, said: "Thank you for giving us the chance to comment on this. We will decline to comment at this time."

The trust purchased the site in June 2018. It was able to go ahead after National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) stepped in with a grant of £600,000.

A major grant was also received from the Richard Broyd Charitable Trust.

It was a year come true for Dr Baker who as a child, would pass the castle everyday to and from school.

Aged 11, the campaigner founded the castle trust and more than 20 years later, the castle is starting to come back to life and is becoming more accessible to the public.