Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust
As an eleven year-old child in 1996, Mark Baker passed the castle daily and found the destruction so appalling that he went on to found the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust at the age of 12. The Trust forced the American absentee owner to sell the castle in 2006 to Clayton Hotels, who had ambitious plans to convert the buildings into a luxury hotel. Work began but was halted by the credit crunch which also sadly saw Clayton Hotels enter receivership. The Castle was once again purchased by another property developer who took the hotel development through the planning process. In 2018, the planning permission ran out and the Castle was offered for sale by auction. Through the intervention of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Richard Broyd Charitable Trust, the Castle was purchased by Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, on behalf of the nation.
The Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust (GCPT) was formed in 1997 to serve the following purposes: ‘The objects of the charity are to preserve for the benefit of the people of North Wales and of the nation, the historical, architectural and constructional heritage that may exist in and around Gwrych Castle, Abergele, North Wales in buildings (including any building as defined in Section 336 of the Town & Planning Act 1990) of particular beauty or historical, architectural or constructional interest.’
These objects will be achieved by the following aims and objectives:
⦿ To preserve the castle and estate on a long term sustainable basis with extensive public opening;
⦿ To find sustainable and sympathetic uses for the castle and estate;
⦿ To raise funds restoration and other essential works.
Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and was established to secure a long-term future for Gwrych Castle and its estate.
GCPT’s charity number is 1092035 and the company number is 4331307
Our vision is to secure a vibrant and sustainable future for Gwrych Castle and the built structures within its designed landscape, making them appealing, accessible, and inspiring places for new and existing audiences to visit, support, and enjoy, now and for years to come.
Celebrating the ideals of the picturesque movement in the early-nineteenth century – discovery, invention, and exploration – we will bring them vividly to life for our twenty-first century audiences through inspiring interpretation and activities that create fascinating links between house, landscape and people.