THE I'M A CELEBRITY castle will be closing to visitors a day earlier than planned.

Gwrych Castle, near Abergele, said it will now be closing on Sunday, September 5 at 5pm instead of September 6.

A spokesperson for the castle posted on Facebook [on Friday, August 20]: "Gwrych Castle will now be closing on Sunday, September 5 at 5pm instead of September 6. We will be temporarily closed until 2022 due to hosting ITV’s “I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here”.

"All bookings from September 6 will be refunded in due course.

"In the meantime, we remain open to pre-booked visitors only. Tickets are selling fast so be quick to avoid disappointment."

Earlier in August, ITV confirmed that I'm A Celebrity will return to Wales for a second series in row.

Katie Rawcliffe, ITV head of entertainment commissioning, has since said: "We’ve always said we have contingencies in place for the series if the covid situation continued to bring uncertainty, and after a highly successful run at the castle last year we’re pleased that we can return there.

"I have no doubt the production team will produce another hugely entertaining series.”

Richard Cowles, Director of Unscripted at Lifted Entertainment said: “With the continued uncertainty around covid and international travel we have taken the decision not to return to our home in Australia for the 2021 series.

"The last series was a huge success and we were made to feel so welcome by everyone locally and can’t wait to see everyone again.”

Dr Mark Baker, Chair of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust said “I’m absolutely delighted that I’m A Celebrity has chosen Gwrych Castle to be its UK location for the 2021 series.

"Gwrych Castle is a beautiful grade I listed historic house and a must-see destination for tourists visiting Wales. I’m A Celebrity being here will really help support its ongoing restoration as well as giving the region a much-needed economic boost."

"We are all very excited to be working with the team again.”

The last series of the ITV programme was filmed in the UK for the first time after the coronavirus pandemic forced producers to abandon plans to make the programme in its usual base in Australia.