A CASTLE expected to play host to I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! this year will be closing to the public later this month.

Gwrych Castle and Estate will be closing temporarily to the public at 5pm on Sunday, August 23 until New Year.

This is another indication that Gwrych Castle is poised to play host to the 20th series of the popular reality show - which attracts on average more than nine million viewers.

The castle made the announcement about the temporary closure on their Facebook.

Earlier this month, the Journal reported that a campsite, located near to the attraction in Abergele, had been approached by ‘producers’.

A spokesperson from Castle Cove Caravan Park in Pensarn told the Journal: “Yes, producers have been in touch about finding somewhere for crew to stay while filming.”

They also showered Dr Mark Baker, chairman of Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, with praise stating: “Mark has achieved great things and we are all very proud of him and his commitment to this is truly amazing.”

According to national media reports, ITV is spending more than £1million on taking over the Grade I listed country house that stands in 250 acres of gardens and grounds.

Hosts Ant and Dec will present 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.

The Journal approached Dr Baker for confirmation but he declined to comment at this time.

Cllr Sam Rowlands, Conwy council leader and trustee at the castle, also was unable to comment at this time.