Updated: Dec 31, 2020
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here has had to ditch the Australian bush. But where have they gone?
Image courtesy of ITV.
On the 7th August ITV announced that the 20th series of I'm A Celeb would be filmed in the UK and "broadcast live every night from a ruined castle in the countryside" but they kept the actual location a secret, which drove fans mad and the internet exploded with endless theories.
Then in late summer ITV finally confirmed the new location would be Gwrych Castle in North Wales and as locals celebrated the rest of the world looked at their screens and couldn't quite believe what they were seeing was an actual word, let alone an actual place.
But that didn't stop 14.3 million people tuning in to watch the first episode, the shows biggest series launch in its 18-year run.
That's amazing, but doesn't answer the question on everyone's lips: How do you pronounce Gwrych?
Well, according to Welsh artist Rhyn Williams the correct way to say it is: Goo-reech. With a slight roll of the 'R' and as much phlegm on the 'CH' as you can muster. Check out his video.
However, we've been interested in Gwrych Castle long before Ant and Dec's visit.
It has been common knowledge locally that the 19th Century country house has been the site of regular hauntings and ghostly activity.
In fact Wales Online reported that the restoration of the gardener's tower awoke the spirit of the Countess of Dundonald, Winifred Cochrane, who used the first-floor chamber in the building as her writing room until her death in 1924.
Dr Mark Baker, from the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, said: "We started doing restoration work on the castle, particularly in the garden, and lots of strange things have been happening. We've had reports of people seeing a woman dressed in white walking around the garden."
Several people who have visited the site have also reported smelling her perfume which is a scent of violets.
But that's not all. Paranormal phenomena in other parts of Gwrych Castle are also commonplace. Members of staff have reported being pushed on the stairs by what they believe to be the ghost of the Countess's butler who tragically died falling on the very same staircase. Footsteps and the sounds of children laughing are often heard around the castle at night when no living person is there to have made them. And a paranormal investigation team witnessed the spirit of a horse in what was the stables.
So as you watch the trials, keep an eye out on what's happening in the background. You never know what might be caught on camera.
I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here airs week nights at 9pm on ITV1 until December 4th 2020.