Best Minecraft castle ideas

Get some inspiration for a stunning Minecraft castle build, and live in the mediaeval fortress of your dreams with a built in redstone gate


Looking for Minecraft castle ideas and blueprints? If you need some inspiration for a castle design, these blueprints are simple and easy to download and follow.

If you’ve outgrown your Minecraft house and want something more ‘olde world’ than a fancy mansion, these Minecraft castle ideas range from mini fortresses to large, Victorian-style manors. Of course, if you want something completely out of the ordinary, these Minecraft builds feature all sorts of impressive designs to marvel at or try out for yourself.

So, whether you just want a small keep to hold up in, safe from the waves of creepers that come at night, or something more grand and imposing, here are the best Minecraft castle ideas with links to the blueprints to make things a bit easier. You can even build these designs next to your Minecraft tower or incorporate two designs to create an impenetrable fortress of solitude where you can live out your days by making Minecraft books or pottering around your nearby Minecraft farm.

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How to build a small Minecraft castle

If you’d rather follow a tutorial than work from a blueprint, this is a simple and easy small castle tutorial to follow courtesy of The Mythical Sausage, whose farm ideas we also love.

It’s only 30 minutes to build, and if we’re honest, it looks more like an old stone church. Still, there’s lots of room to store items or build a workshop to store your anvil and grindstone. It’s also got lots of greenery and paintings, making it feel homely, complete with a small stable for your Minecraft horse.

If you can’t be bothered with planning a Minecraft castle build for yourself, then why not opt to nab the schematics for one of these luxury forts:

Minecraft small castle

Ideal for busy Minecrafters looking to build a castle with relatively low resources. It, of course, has the added benefit of keeping creepers and other lurking hostile Minecraft mobs out and is just the right size to adorn the interior with all the home comforts you’ll need. The blueprint for this castle is available on Grabcraft.

With a single battlement, a large holding, and carved stone windows to hang your banners, we recommend digging a moat around the outside as the finishing touch – plus you’ll somewhere to take your Minecraft boat out for a paddle.

Minecraft medieval castle

A classic and cosy castle with all the medieval trimmings, including flags, torches, hidden rooms, and lots of dusty old tomes. This deceptively spacious and intricately designed building is the perfect place to sit atop a hill overlooking a Minecraft village and pretend they’re all toiling away for you. Build this simple medieval castle from this easy Grabcraft blueprint.

Minecraft mini castle

If you’re strapped for time, this teeny tiny castle is perfect to set up quickly. It’s only three layers high, with two small towers and just enough room for a little Minecraft kitchen and a place to sleep. You can always add to it if you ever need more space, but start with the basic mini castle blueprint.

Minecraft Victorian castle

If you want to push your crafting limits to the edge, then this stunning Victorian-inspired castle blueprint has a painstaking amount of detail in each nook and cranny. With impressive, large glass windows, a small brick chimney, and stone slabs covered in wooden beams, this castle has all the charm and appeal of an oversized tavern but with plenty of space.

Feudal Minecraft Japanese Osaka castle

Perhaps you’re looking for a castle with a more eastern flair? This humongous Japanese castle will dwarf the surrounding scenery with its striking architecture, and you can even customise the interior should you wish.

It’s 57 levels tall and needs 21,931 blocks to create it, so you’ll probably want to nab the blueprint to get all the outdoor details just right. Once completed, though, it’ll be a centrepiece for your Minecraft world.

Minecraft Japanese castle

Nowhere near as gargantuan as the Osaka castle, taking about a tenth of the number of blocks required to build, but this tall tower can still boast some spectacular views from the highest room.

There are fewer details required too, so it won’t take anywhere near as long to build. There’s also nothing stopping you from putting one more level on top of this one to make it even higher should you wish, but here’s the blueprint to get started from.

Medieval throne hall

For those who want to really feel like a ruler, this medieval throne hall can be used as part of a bigger building if you wish. It’s 23 levels tall and 45×47 blocks in area, so it would make up a significant part of your own custom build if you construct it.

This grand throne room has four chambers, one in each corner, and a small green where a big tree grows in the middle, and a throne looks out at the tree. Again, you can always customise it from the original design so that there isn’t a big tree in the centre of the room and convert it into a proper hallway.

How to build a working castle gate

It’s all well and good having a castle that looks the part, but do you want a castle gate that actually works? Like, trigger a mechanism, and it opens and shuts? It might sound like witchcraft, but luckily for us, there is a blueprint of a working version that you can pop onto your castle. It even comes with a lock to keep would-be invaders at bay while you’re gone.

This build does take a fair few Redstone-powered gadgets to work, so it may not be one to fully customise for those who aren’t quite used to crafting working technology, but a working gate that fits your castle will certainly make a great first impression when you show others around. Heck, you may learn how Redstone gadgets work just by making the gate.

And those are all of the coolest castles you can build in Minecraft, one of the best PC games. If you don’t want the hassle of creating your own Minecraft castle, you can always visit premade castles in these Minecraft maps. Either that, or you can dive into the Minecraft Hogwarts map for the ultimate Harry Potter experience.