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Where is I'm a Celebrity filmed? Jungle camp's new castle location

All you need to know about the location of the jungle now that the show is being filmed in the UK.

I'm A Celebrity camp location
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Published: Sunday, 21st November 2021 at 9:55 pm

It's finally time - I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! is returning to our screens, and it's starting to feel very real indeed.

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The I'm A Celebrity 2021 line-up has now been confirmed, with the likes of Richard Madeley, Arlene Phillips and Louise Minchin facing up to three weeks of crowded camp life, rice and beans and of course the dreaded Bushtucker Trials.

However it won't be the sweltering heat of the jungle they will be contending with - but the plummeting temperatures of the Welsh countryside, with I'm A Celebrity 2021 once again returning to Gwrych Castle in North Wales.

This will be the second year the popular reality series has been filmed in the castle, after the pandemic meant the show had to be relocated from its usual Australian location in 2020.

It's news that has prompted a mixed reaction - with former I'm A Celebrity winners Tony Blackburn and Christopher Biggins looking forward to the show returning to the jungle.

2020 contestant Shane Richie agrees, telling The Sun: "When we did the castle, we all knew it was the first time it had been done. We thought it was going to be a one-off for the 20th anniversary and it won't happen ever again in Wales. But once they announced they were going back to Wales it took a bit of the specialness off of it."

However viewers have seemingly been won over, with two-thirds of I'm A Celeb fans actually preferring the castle setting to the traditional jungle camp.

The show's return to the castle was confirmed back in August, when ITV Head of Entertainment Commissioning Katie Rawcliffe said in a statement: “We'll be returning to Wales for the 2021 series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!”

She added: “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.”

As the show returns to Wales, here's everything you need to know about the filming location for I'm a Celebrity 2021.

I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! UK 2021 filming location

I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! 2021 is being filmed at Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales.

It was confirmed in August 2020 that the historic Gwrych Castles would be used as the main location for the 20th series.

For series 21, which starts on ITV on Sunday, 21st November, campmates will set up camp at Gwrych Castle, making this the second year the show has been filmed here.

The castle is set in 250 acres of gardens and ground, with views of the Welsh countryside from a tree-lined hillside overlooking the Irish sea, but the celebrities could be in for a scare - with several ghost sightings having been reported in the castle.

A general view of Castell Gwyrch in Abergele, Wales
A general view of Castell Gwyrch in Abergele, Wales Getty

Dr Mark Baker, Chair of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust told Chronicle Live: “I’m absolutely delighted that I’m a Celebrity has chosen Gwrych Castle to be its UK location for the 2020 series.

"Gwrych Castle is a beautiful grade I listed 19th county house and a must-see destination for tourists visiting Wales.

"I’m a Celebrity being here will really help support Gwrych Castle and its ongoing restoration as well as giving the region a much-needed economic boost.”

Manorafon Farm Park has been booked for exclusive use by the show’s producers, and a look at the farm's website reveals a possible hint as to what the celebs will be up to, with the ‘Explore’ section reading, “We also have a Reptile Hut full of interesting critters.”

Since the second series in 2003, I’m a Celeb has been based in Murwillumbah in New South Wales, filmed inside Springbrook National Park.

Dungay Creek, I'm A Celeb Camp
Dungay Creek, I'm a Celeb Camp Google Maps

And while on screen all you see is the camp itself plus a series of suspension bridges and the studio where Ant and Dec broadcast, there is plenty more going on behind the scenes.

The production extends beyond what appears on camera, with an on-site medical facility, a space for props storage and an area where family and friends of the celebrities gather on the morning of each eviction.

However, the show is reportedly considering moving from the UNESCO heritage site when the current I'm a Celeb contract expires in 2020. According to The Sun, producers are discussing moving the show to Kangaroo Island in the future – although this has not been confirmed.

Where do the celebrities stay after they've left the camp?

Ant and Dec
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After a stint living off rice and beans, enduring cold showers and suffering multiple insect bites, the celebs are due a bit of luxury.

In previous years, evicted contestants were put up at the five-star Versace Hotel in Surfers Paradise for some much-needed R&R. After being subjected to jungle rations and Bushtucker Trials, they've certainly earned it. You can stay at Palazzo Versace Hotel too, if you have a couple of hundred pounds a night to spare...

Since the show's move to Wales, it's not clear where they stay after the show, but if it's anything like the Versace Hotel, it's going to be well worth eating all those creepy crawlies for.

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 I’m A Celebrity 2021 will star on ITV on Sunday, 21st November. If you’re looking for something to watch tonight, check out our TV Guide.

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