Report - Gwrych Castle, North Wales-August 2014

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28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Jun 5, 2012
Gwrych Castle, North Wales

alot of history behind this place so here goes.
Quote wiki
'Gwrych Castle was erected between 1819 and 1825 at the behest of Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh.In 1928, Douglas Cochrane, 12th Earl of Dundonald, purchased the castle for £78,000, selling the contents to meet the cost.During World War II, the Government used the castle to house 200 Jewish refugees run by the Jewish Zionist youth movement Bnei Akiva. Following the war, the castle left the Dundonald family and was open to the public for twenty years. It was called "The Showpiece of Wales" at this time, and attracted many visitors.It was also used as a training venue for the English World Middleweight boxing champion Randolph Turpin in the early 1950s. In the early 60s it was an occasional venue for the famous motorcycle Dragon Rally and in the 70s it was used as a centre for medieval re-enactments, attracting tourists with such events as jousting and mock banquets.The castle was last open to the public in 1985. Thereafter, it started to decline.[1] It was bought in 1989 by Nick Tavaglione, an American businessman, for £750,000.However, his plans to renovate the building were not carried out.
After Clayton Hotels was placed in administration, new developers obtained fresh planning permission in November 2012 from Conwy County Borough Council for the castle to be converted into a luxury hotel with 75 bedrooms and associated facilities.'

According to the trust supporting gwrych castle there are plans to restore it and turn it in to a public attraction.Work has already started but very little is evident.



















28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Oct 19, 2013
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Nice pics :thumb

Always a nice mooch this one

Nice to see you managed some internal pics, the last poster couldn"t manage to walk through the front door for some reason :rolleyes:

Called in the other week on the way to Llandudno, took the GF in for a relaxed mooch in the sunshine to meet the Jackdaws :)
The atmosphere certainly changes in the dark though :D


28DL Member
28DL Member
Jul 24, 2012
My uncle was a caretaker here when it was in a habitable condition. Such a shame. I have to drive past the place every day.

Hopefully one day someone will try to restore. I heard that an American purchased it with the plan to turn into a Hotel. Sadly nothing has come of it.

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