There’s something about castles that just entrances little girls and boys. Nothing says make-believe like a fortress or palace from days of yore – where knights can save princesses (or princesses can save knights), and where royalty and their chain-mailed entourage can have the most awesome sleepovers.
If your little girl or boy is getting into the turrets and towers vibe, you might want to check out our pick of the best buys right here.
We’ve found one for every style of play and every type of budget: from toddler-friendly castles to wooden ones, cheaper castle playsets great for imaginative play, and a few pricier ones.
Here are 14 of the best toy castles for children…
What is it? A wooden castle with opening drawbridge, trap door and collapsing wall, measuring 32cm (H) x 47cm (W) x 9cm (D). Comes with 1 easy-to-grip knight (there is a range of other to buy separately).
Why we love it: It’s a great price for a nicely sized castle. And it’s fairly simple to assemble. The little details on the knight and the castle are fab. And we especially like the trap door.
Available from: Early Learning Centre
Age 12 months+
What is it? A large plastic castle, with 5 interactive MagicPoints that trigger fun sounds and lights. Comes with a Princess Darla figure (there are other ‘royal’ Toot-Toot Friends to buy separately). Measures 65cm (H) x 110cm (W) x 25cm (D). Needs 4 AAA batteries.
Why we love it: It’s great to see a big, sturdy castle that’s made for really little hands. The colours are lovely and bright, and there are lots of nice features to open and spin and explore. And, for a big toy, it does fold away easily.
Available from: Amazon
What is is? A 3-tiered, rainbow-themed wooden castle, measuring H 41.8cm x W 44.5cm x D 63.5cm. Doesn’t come with any character figures or furniture, so keep that in mind. Some assembly required. That said, you CAN opt to buy the castle with a king, queen and a unicorn figure – plus some furniture – for £42 on ASDA’s website.
Why we love it: This is a proper fairy-tale affair – we love the detailing on the pink window shutters. Its a great price, it’s nice and sturdy, and easy to put together – with well-written and clear instructions.
Available from: George @ ASDA
What is it? A self-assembly plastic castle, with a working drawbridge, trap door, secret stairs and prison cage, measuring 40cm (H) x 50cm (D) x 50m (W). Comes with 3 figures, a horse, and many other accessories, including shields, cannon, ladder and crossbow.
Why we love it: It’s the detail, and the quality (and quantity!) of the accessories that swung it for us. We especially like the prison cage for locking up your enemies and the secret hiding place for your treasure. You do need to know that this castle is a 2hr assembly job – but we reckon it’s well worth it.
Available from: John Lewis and Playmobil
Age: 3 – 8 years
What is it? A wooden, 37cm high pirate fort that includes a secret revolving door, a crow’s nest, a cannon and a rope ladder – to name just a few of the fun details. Matching Le Toy Van characters are sold separately here and a pirate ship here.
Why we love it: Castles aren’t just for land lovers! This Fort takes pirate adventures away from the sea and allows little ones to really explore the possibilities of their imaginations. There are heaps of intricate details including barrels of rum, an anchor and a lifting cargo winch. Hours of fun imaginative play ahead!
Available from: Amazon
Age: 9 to 14
What is it? An 878-piece LGO kit that allows you to build Hogwarts’ Great Hall (18L x 30W x 37H cm when assembled) which is where Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger eat each evening, and attend important assemblies. Comes with 10 minifigures, including the main trio, Draco Malfoy and Hagrid.
Why we love it: Hogwarts is the ultimate castle, and any Harry Potter fan will find this a challenging but exciting build. The full castle is a 16+ set, but this set is suitable for older children and teenagers, and comes with all the characters and inside detail you need to make it a playset following the build. There are curved stairs, benches, boats, lanterns, house flags, and so much more.
Available from: Smyths Toys and LEGO
Age: 2 to 5
What it is: A plastic Robin Hood-themed castle (roughly 21.6 x 40.1 x 34.3cm when in the box) that’s brightly-coloured and designed with toddlers in mind. Some assembly required, but no batteries needed. Comes with Robin Hood, Maid Marion and King John Happyland figures.
Why we love it: This castle opens up to become a proper playset. The drawbridge can be unlocked and opened. Though its not the biggest set ever, and the figures aren’t super chunky for tiny hands to hold on to, playing with this set will help them develop fine motor skills.
Available from: John Lewis
Age: 6 to 12
What it is: A 3-storey castle (which is about 37.8cm x 35.4cm x 7.1cm when in the box) for Cinderella and Prince Charming to have many adventures in. Comes with both minifigures, plus a foal and 2 mice, as well as lots of accessories (like a horse cart and pumpkin patch), and plenty of furniture in each of the rooms.
Why we love it: If your child is a Disney princess fan, this is the LEGO castle for them. It couldn’t be more detailed for a precise build – from the flags on the turrets to the flowers at the entrance. We especially love that there’s lots to discover in the rooms, once it’s built and being used for creative storytelling and play. For example, the bed in the bedroom has a secret compartment, and the balcony has a revolving dance floor.
Available from: John Lewis and LEGO
What it is: A padded cotton castle that comes with 5 finger puppets, including a dragon, a man, a woman, a witch, and a white horse. It also comes with an embroidered bag (which can be used as a backdrop) and a soft treasure chest. No assembly required!
Why we love it: A beautifully soft and easy-to-play with plush castle, with velcro fastens that are easy to stick on and pull off for chunky toddler hands.
We simply can’t get enough of the characters that come with the castle – finger puppets that can be used in all kinds of play scenarios. The whole toy is easy to clean, too – just pop in the washing machine at 40 degrees.
Available from: 100 Toys
What is it? A decorated wooden castle with hinged doors, measuring 50cm (W) x 47cm (H) x 36.1cm(D). Comes fully assembled.
Why we love it: This castle might not look like the fanciest on the block when closed but, once you open it up, it reveals all sorts of stairs, turrets, platforms and working parts like a drawbridge, trap door, arched walkway and removable turret.
Available from: Amazon
What is it? A slot-together, painted wooden castle, measuring 43cm(H) x 43cm (W) x 41cm (D). Features flags, a portcullis and running boards. Comes in red or blue. Figures sold separately.
Why we love it: This is a good sturdy castle that’ll withstand all manner of sieges and battle action. The ramparts and turrets are big enough to put figures on and we like that the portcullis lifts up.
Available from: Amazon
What it is: A 150-piece assorted wooden brick set (42 x 30 x 4 cm boxed), including turrets, castellations, archways and windows, which allows your child to essentially build their own castle.
Why we love it: The build is most of the fun, but you can use existing dolls and figures to turn this set into a playset. It’s also a bit different to most of the toy castles on the market right now, which all have a set way of being built/assembled. We like that there’s an opportunity for young children to get creative and build their castle how they see fit.
Available from: Mulberry Bush
What it is: An inventive castle toy from French brand Janod, featuring a castle, a 16-pieces jigsaw around the castle (in the form of a moat!) and a variety of characters and accessories (8 wooden knights, 2 horses and 2 dragons, 1 catapult, 3 trees and 2 tents). When you’re done playing, the castle folds up into a handy carry box, handle included.
Why we love it: Well if this isn’t nifty, we don’t know what is! We love that this toy has multiple different elements, as a playset and as a puzzle. Of course, the fact it’s easy and stylish to store is ideal for any mum or dad’s house.
Available from:Rachel’s Toy Shop
What it is: Part of the Mermal Magic Hatchimal range – the Coral Castle playset measures 30.5 x 12.1 x 25.4 cm. The castle comes with 2 exclusive Hatchimals – one in an egg so will need help to hatch. There’s a total of 25 places for Hatchimals to explore including a glitter shower and a purple/pink wave that leads straight to the pool. And if you have season 5 Hatchimals – fill the pool with warm water and watch them change colour.
Why we love it: With so many places for Hatchimals to sit, this castle will provide hours of fun. It folds up small and neat – great for storage and transportation. This is a great “underwater” spin on the classic castle.
Available from: Amazon