Gwrych Castle sits nestled on a hillside, overlooking a wide stretch of coastline in North Wales. We've driven past and admired it many times on our Welsh adventures, but made a special trip to visit the castle itself when we found out that it is dog friendly!
We booked in advance, via Gwrych Castle's website. I knew very little about Gwrych Castle when we arrived, I hadn't even realised that it was where 'I'm A Celebrity 2020' was filmed since I didn't watch it. In fact (spoiler alert), the current structure is not even a real castle in the true sense of the word, because it was built in the 19th-century! Neither of these facts diminish the beauty of this spectacular place, which retains a lot of raw character since it still lies in a derelict state.
It's very easy to see why so many people have fallen in love with Gwrych Castle, which is now owned by the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, founded by Mark Baker who is also the author of 'Gwrych Castle An Official Guide' - a book that I'd highly recommend purchasing when you visit, particularly if you're interested in learning more about the history and architecture of this building.
Dogs are very welcome to visit Gwrych Castle, free of charge!
However, they must be kept on leads within the castle and grounds, and they are only allowed to leave paw prints behind... Elsa and Buffy charged around with their usual enthusiasm, peeking over the battlements, poking their heads through railings and sniffing every inch of the courtyard.
We could just about make out Pensarn beach in the distance, although the mist that was coming in from the sea absolutely ruined the view for us that day. On the other hand, it did create a slightly eerie atmosphere that fit in very well with the Gothic style of this 'haunted' castle (plus it kept E&B nice and cool while they were exploring)!
One thing that really struck me about Gwrych Castle was how beautiful the shrubs and flowers around the castle and grounds were; they clearly have a very thoughtful and talented gardener/ team who really care about maintaining and improving this site. I do think that there are big things in store for Gwrych Castle in the future, and it's certainly somewhere that we plan on visiting again to show our 'suppawt' for this wonderful, dog friendly estate.
Take your paws to North Wales and visit Gwrych Castle
Abergele, Conwy LL22 8ET