Victorian Christmas Grotto at Gwrych Castle – 3rd to 23rd December


Whether marking a child’s first Christmas or honouring an age-old family tradition, a visit to the Victorian Christmas Grotto at Gwrych Castle is the perfect way to start the festive season, as well as an opportunity to make special memories that will be remembered forever. Father Christmas will be paying a special visit to the Countess’s tower which has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Journey through the Gwrych Castle winter gardens before meeting Father Christmas in his tower grotto. You are welcome to take as many photographs with Father Christmas as you wish. As children wait anxiously to meet Father Christmas they’ll write their letter to him and post it in his North Pole postbox at the castle. Each child will take home a special gift from Father Christmas.

The Grotto is located in the restored Gardener’s Tower in the formal gardens at Gwrych Castle. When you arrive, please park by the castle’s office on the main drive. You will be met by one of Father Christmas’s elves who will show you the pathway up to the gardens. There is a short walk with a gentle incline to reach the gardens from the main drive. The booked timeslot is for an hour – please arrive promptly as the whole experience will take approximately 45 minutes.

Gwrych Castle Victorian Christmas Tree


Due to limited space each child visiting Santa’s Grotto may be accompanied by a maximum of two adults. Ticket price is £10 per child. Terms and conditions apply – full non-refundable, non-transferable pre-payment required at time of booking. A booking fee of £1.21 per ticket will be charged for all orders. 

Halloween at Gwrych 2016

Happy Halloween!


Halloween 2016 will be a spooktacular weekend at Gwrych! On Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October there will be evening ghost walks around the castle, followed by a ghost hunt. On Sunday 30th in the afternoon there will be a pumpkin, firework and fancy dress party! On Halloween itself we will have select tickets to spend a night in the Tower…
Tickets for the Ghost Walks and Ghost Hunts are Limited! Book below: 
Do you dare to spend the evening in one of Wales’s most haunted locations? Ghost Hunts on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October:
Will you find out the mysteries of Gwrych and walk in the footsteps of the Countess’s ghost? Ghost Tours of the Castle on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th and Monday 31st:
There will be a Family Open Day on Sunday 30th between 3pm and 7pm afternoon there will be a pumpkin, firework and fancy dress party! The firework display will be at 6.30pm.
Keep an eye out for a special event to take place in the restored tower on the night of October 31st! More details soon…

Vote for the Restoration of Gwrych Castle Gardens with Tesco’s Bags of Help!

Our project has been shortlisted for a public vote in Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative! Vote for us to win the top prize in store! Between 31st October and 13th November 2016 you will be able to cast your vote for the restoration of Gwrych Castle Gardens at Tesco Stores in Abergele, Prestatyn and Llandudno Junction. When you shop you will be given a token and with that you will have the opportunity to vote for the Gwrych Castle Garden Restoration! This grant will enable Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust to restore the historic formal gardens back to its former glory. The aim of the Trust is to ensure that the public has access to this great heritage asset. The re-creation of this designed landscape as a community garden provides a new chapter in the castle’s history.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 31st October to 13th November on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.

Please support this project by voting for Gwrych!

Bags of Help website

Vote in Tesco stores 31 October – 13 November to help us secure a Tesco #BagsofHelp grant @Tesco_Wales

Open Weekend 13th and 14th August – Randolph Turpin Celebration

13th and 14th August 2016

12pm til 5pm each day

£5 per adult and children over 12 – £2.50 for children 

Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust welcomes you to join and celebrate the life and achievements of world champion boxer, Randolph Turpin. On August 13th and 14th we will be travelling back to the summer of 1951, 65 years ago, to Turpin’s great win against Sugar Ray Robinson. During the weekend there will be a variety of events taking place:

  • Exhibition Fights
  • Randolph Memorabilia Exhibition
  • Stalls and
  • Guided Tours
  • Medieval Encampment within the Castle Grounds by the Garrison of Gwrych
  • Lord of the Wings Falconry Display
  • Live Music from Mistrafunk
  • Jay Gatling Magician
  • Stiltwalkers
  • Firebreathing
  • Traditional Morris Dancers ‘Clerical Error’
  • Come and view the Restored Gardener’s Tower
  • Experience the magic of the Castle!
  • Plus much, much more..!

Spaces are available for stalls – please get in touch!

Party in the Park – Family Fundraiser 4th and 5th June 2016

The Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust Fundraising Family Event

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of June 2016 12pm till 4pm each day
*Last Admission 3.30pm as the site will shut at 4.30pm
FREE Guided tours
FREE Children’s entertainment
TOWERS: come and see the restored Gardener’s Tower
TRUST: Meet the team! Come and view the work that’s has been done to date

Come and Celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday with us!

Step back in time and immerse yourselves in the sights, sounds and smells as you travel from the 9th Century up to World War II, meet our Knights, maybe even handle a weapon. Come and see our birds of prey or maybe have a go at archery

Throughout the Estate their will be children’s entertainment Clowns Circus skills with activities Donkey rides Didgeridoo Music Our nature trail will be a learning experience for children of all ages Have a go at your own artwork and try your skill at making gifts

Refreshments available throughout the site, facilities, stalls, toys, games and much more

Entry fee £5.00 at the gate, under 12’s donation.

Parking will be available at Manorafon Farm. Be sure to wear non slip footwear and clothing for all weathers. It is approx. 1 mile from car park to the main terrace. Disabled access limited. Minibus shuttle service available to ferry visitors to the castle from the car park.


Open Day May 7th 2016 – 12pm to 4pm

Art at Gwrych Open Day 7TH May 2016

12pm to 4pm

£5 per adult, donations for children

An afternoon of art themed events in the gardens and restored tower at Gwrych. Thanks to a grant from Voluntary Arts Week we are inviting the public to come and use the castle as a muse for inspiring their creativity. The castle will be the backdrop against which our imagination will run wild. Artists featured include Nadine Carter-Smith, Liz Bolloten, Ceri Leeder, Yasmine Boudiaf and Liz Hodgkinson. Each artist will be working on a communal piece that features the castle or elements from its history. Come and have a go. If you are a photographer or a writer, bring your tools of work and be inspired. For those who want something different, we have a ‘selfie challenge and treasure hunt’. Refreshments will be available on site and we are asking for people to park in Abergele rather than on site. All funds raised will go towards to continuing conservation and restoration of Gwrych Castle.
Come and see the restored Gardener’s Tower and take in the beauty of the castle and gardens!

Dr. Mark Baker

Thank you!

A thank you to Everyone… there are times when we have to look back and thank Everyone for their support. 2015 has been a great year for the Gwrych Estate.
You are all welcome to join us.
Just ensuring that everyone is aware that we are thankful to EPM for allowing us to further our work on the Gwrych Estate.
We do appreciate that our hard work is valued and look forward to further progression. Thanks to the support of EPM, and the public we are able to continue
I thought it should be noted that EPM are donating an area of the site to the Volunteers & Trust with a lease pending and all donations & proceeds raised by Gwrych Trust are solely that, and no proceeds go to Edwards property management Uk Ltd as a result of Gwrych Castle Preservations Trust’s work at Gwrych. Thank you again.
We look forward to continuing our work and to 2016 and progression.
Thank you very much for supporting the Gwrych Trust Everyone.