The best Minecraft castle ideas

Minecraft castle ideas
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On the lookout for some Minecraft castle ideas? We've gathered together a handful of designs, tutorials, and blueprints to help inspire you to lay down blocks, and build your very own castle. It could be a formidable fortress perched on a cliff, a Steampunk sanctuary, or even something a little more humble.

If you're just looking for some ideas to spur your creativity, we've got plenty of time-lapse builds below, but equally, if you want to avoid the stress of plotting out your own Minecraft castle, we've suggested some map downloads that'll help. It's a little bit daunting to build something so big, but as with any ambitious Minecraft builds (opens in new tab), the feeling of accomplishment is worth it.

For those who are less keen on the dizzying heights that a castle will bring, consider dabbling in the simplest of Minecraft house ideas or building a lavish Minecraft mansion (opens in new tab) first. You'll find the best selection of Minecraft castles below, and we've chosen a broad range of different styles to fit a range of interests. Right, where did I leave my crown?

How to build a castle

How to build a Minecraft castle

This castle tutorial by Stevler (opens in new tab) is a great example of a Minecraft castle that looks intricate, but is easy to build. Castles can easily end up looking like a boring square stone box, but Stevler's Medieval Minecraft castle build has a lot of clever design choices. There are towers, bridges, look outs, a stone keep, different levels—just everything you would want in a castle. 

Minecraft small castle

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Grabcraft (opens in new tab) is a great website for finding Minecraft castle blueprints, and it has a range of small, medium, and large castle designs for you to choose from. We like Louisdepoui's small castle blueprint (opens in new tab) because it's simple to follow and uses minimum resources.  Use the slider under the image to follow the design layer by layer.

Minecraft simple castle

This Minecraft tutorial by Mr.Smoose (opens in new tab) is a super easy build for a classic medieval castle. Even though there are lots of intricacies to this build, it's all laid out in an easy to follow video and when you're done you'll have a majestic four-tower castle with plenty of space inside.

Minecraft medieval castle

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What makes Jeracraft's (opens in new tab) Minecraft castle blueprints different from other builds is the interior. It might seem intimidating with 30 layers, but the details inside those stone walls will make you feel like royalty. Lots of Minecraft castles have huge, empty interiors, but this build has stairs, different floors, and a variety of rooms that are just waiting to be decorated.

Castle ideas

Minecraft castle ideas

If you're not up for stressing over blueprints and block placements here are some epic Minecraft castles you can download and explore hassle-free.  If you're looking for some inspiration for your next project, you'll find a collection of the best Minecraft castle ideas below. 

Minecraft castles with 1.17 blocks

Why have one castle when you can have four? In this building video, SmallishBeans (opens in new tab) walks you through the process of constructing four different castles using some of the different block types introduced in Minecraft 1.17, including Calcite, Dripstone, Tuff, and Deep Slate. It's a great example of how primarily using one block type can still create a distincitive style for your fortress.

Dracula's Castle

If you're in the market for something on the spooky side, Geet Builds (opens in new tab)' Dracula Castle might help inspire you to create your own. This detailed vampire nest is perched high up on a rocky cliff with lofty towers and includes very own mausoleum—there's even a little gothic hamlet tucked away in the nearby forest.

Falcon's Rock

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What if instead of one castle, you could own nine castles in one? Falcon’s Rock (opens in new tab), a recreation of Medieval era Germany, offers you the chance to do just that, providing a single ‘castle’ which is actually made up of nine castles, seven villages, one city, and a monastery all inside one larger castle. It is a huge feat of Medieval architecture and is a sight not to be missed. You can jump straight into this Minecraft castle by downloading it from the build's page. 


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Regrenita (opens in new tab) by TomatoN is great example of a perfect Minecraft castle. It's pure fantasy mixed with royalty and nothing makes a castle better than two dragons. The giant wall that encases the castle is also a lovely touch.

Steampunk Castle

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The Steampunk Castle (opens in new tab) is a bit different, but since it still has castle in the name, we're counting it. Along with the impressive frontage of the structure, there's lots to do inside. Secrets are scattered everywhere, and there's even a narrative to follow. 

Castle and Gladiator Arena

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This castle is the one to rule them all. Not only do you have the castle, plus the sizeable grounds it is set within, and plenty more. The arena is a great place to settle old scores, the church is there for all your confessional needs, and there's even a huge tree with oodles of treehouse potential. The Castle And Gladiator Arena (opens in new tab) has everything you could want from a Minecraft castle. 

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