Starting a new Minecraft world comes with many opportunities and challenges. Should you start grinding your way to getting to the end as quickly as possible? Or do you want to just focus on building a lovely village and a cozy home to settle in and live a peaceful life?
There’s no wrong answer here. Many players dedicate hours to their Survival or Hardcore worlds, creating complex structures and always searching for new, fun projects to build. We think that’s why there are so many video tutorials for Minecraft castle ideas– the opportunities are endless!
Since building a castle from scratch is by far a fundamental milestone for any player, we would love to show you 40 ideas for how to build a castle in Minecraft. These range from simple, straightforward blueprints that won’t require a lot of resources to absolutely monumental structures that will put any other survival base to shame. Let’s get started!
Mini Cherry Castle
If you are tired of medieval or wizard castles, check out this cherry castle design from Stevler.
This castle sits above a small pond in the middle of a cherry biome. In terms of size, it sits on a 16×22 grid, which should easily fit in most areas without problems. Most materials used for the castle are the new cherry blocks and stone bricks for accents.
Besides its stunning design, this mini cherry castle is very practical. It features animal stables, viewing decks for gathering intel, and a bridge connecting the castle to the mainland.
For the interior, you’ll have plenty of space to place crafting areas, bedrooms, storage rooms, and more.
This design from Zaypixel shows us that we don’t need to occupy a 50×50 grid to make a castle look stunning. Sitting on a 12×11 layout, this compact castle is one of the easiest builds you can make as you start your Minecraft journey.
The castle also uses common resources such as stone bricks and spruce, making it an ideal base if you want to get on with other things faster.
In terms of amenities, this compact castle isn’t a slouch either. Outside, you’ll get large entrance gates, watch towers on all sides, and bridges that connect all towers.
Inside, you’ll get standard amenities like an armory, horse stable, crafting area, enchanting room, and more.
Thanks to Minecraft’s iconic game mechanics, building floating structures is only a matter of willpower and patience. The following video tutorial by Twin Saw is the first out of four segments showcasing a breathtaking floating castle in the middle of a lake. You can find part B, part C, and D as you complete each outer structure. That way, you can divide the immense castle into smaller constructions, making it a more manageable project if you want to recreate it in your Minecraft world. As always– we hope you’re careful while building this in Survival by equipping an Elytra and placing a lot of Scaffolds!
Grand Medieval Castle
If you are looking for a medieval castle that sparks royalty and grandeur, you should check out this design from NeatCraft.
The entire castle is made from stone bricks and spruce wood. Despite looking massive, the entire building only sits on a 23×23 grid, which is decent to fit most amenities you’ll need in a castle.
This amazing medieval castle features watch towers for defensive purposes. Each tower can also be accessed through the outside deck around the castle. The highest tower provides a 360 view of your castle, making it easier to spot enemies, mobs, and potential looting points.
daxar123_builds has come up with a castle built with symmetrical defence walls, which will vastly simplify the building process. Many Minecraft castle ideas include several blocks with a similar colour palette to add more texture to the building, and this is no exception. Its dimensions and complexity make it an attractive challenge for an average player.
We can all agree that a stone castle will always be a good choice when it comes to cool-looking bases. Of course, you don’t have to place your castle inside a lake. Whether you decide to place it on top of another body of water or place it on land, you cannot deny that the castle as a whole looks amazing.
Building in the desert biome isn’t the first choice for many players for their construction ideas. However, there’s so much potential with Sandstone blocks to create something majestic. If you’re looking for a template to create a new Survival base, the following video tutorial by BlueBits will set you on your way to producing the perfect Minecraft desert castle. It is a massive construction, requiring a 33 x 53 block area and around +2600 Sandstone block, between stairs, slabs, walls, and texture variations. The blue Terracota is a nice colour choice that steers away from the typical orange used in desert buildings.
Many content creators love to upload their Minecraft Japanese castle renditions because its architecture is so iconic. BlueBits presents us with this video tutorial that requires you to allocate a 59 x 75 block area to fit a castle reaching 67 x 48 x 39 blocks in width, length, and height, respectively. As you can probably tell by now, this will be no small project– some of the resources needed can be pretty tricky to obtain if you haven’t grinded your way through an Ocean Monument. However, you can replace the Dark Prismarine with Warped planks, stairs, and slabs if needed.
2-Player Winter Castle
You decided to set up a Minecraft server with your friend and need a great idea for your shared base. Look no further! We have a winter castle blueprint that daxar123_builds has uploaded on their channel, with two bedrooms and all the Survival essentials covered. You and another player can search for the perfect mountain cliff to place the foundations and create the ultimate fortified castle.
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Blackstone is a great contender for building a Minecraft castle due to its texture and colour. Its only main disadvantage comes from how complex it is to gather resources from the Nether compared to Cobblestone. However, this shouldn’t deter you from trying out this idea by Stevler using a 31 x 31 block area for the outer walls, a castle entrance, and the castle itself. If you’re playing at a server, this can be the perfect lair for your group of friends as you traverse the Minecraft lands and fight other players and mobs. Hopefully, everyone can lend a hand in gathering all the necessary blocks and items for its construction!
Medieval Mushroom Castle
Mushroom blocks are perfect to achieve a cottagecore vibe in your Minecraft world. However, rather than coming up with a small cabin or an underground base, why not go all-in with an amazing castle design? This video tutorial by jjaaxxthelegend is an ingenious rendition of a classic formula. The foundation has a nice combination of mossy and regular Stone Blocks that go perfectly with the theme.
The walls are composed of Calcite, White Wool and White Concrete Powder, adding a rich texture to the structure. Of course, you may take some time to shear enough sheep and accumulate enough Bones for the Concrete, but looking at the final results makes it all worth it. Otherwise, you can replace some of the blocks with Quartz. Don’t forget to check out the tutorial’s part 2!
Big Medieval Castle
We’ve all been there. Trying to build a Minecraft medieval castle from scratch is something everyone has tried to do at some point in their lives, right? If you’re interested in a castle blueprint with a wizard tower, warehouse, two defensive towers, a horse corral, and central fortified walls, there’s another video by Stevler that will be the perfect place to start Keep in mind that you’ll need more than 4500 Stone blocks in different formats and uses Spruce logs and planks for the wooden details. Allocate a 40 x 37 block area for the foundation, and start placing blocks!
Some biomes are often overlooked when searching for an ideal place to settle. However, placing your base on the top of a mountain can be an excellent way to have a full view of your surroundings without compromising security. If that description caught your attention, you should check out BigTonyMc’s video tutorial on a mountaintop castle in Minecraft. With Stone, Blackstone, and Spruce blocks, you, too, can have this gorgeous base in your world and rule your kingdom with an iron fist– the latter is optional! We hope that you have enough chests or Shulker boxes to carry around so many blocks to the construction site… unless you’re using a storage mod to help you with that!
You’ve found a nice coast area where you’d love to build a magnificent stone castle. If you’re up for a challenge, this video tutorial by One Team will guide you every step of the way in creating a fantastic rendition of a medieval castle with a central courtyard. It will be no small task– the intricate wall designs and the overall dimensions can get overwhelming very fast for Survival players!
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The End is an often-overlooked realm for structures, aside from the occasional Enderman farm. Overall it is a hostile place to be, but the End Stone bricks have a lot of potential for a Minecraft castle if you know how to combine them properly with other materials. The following video tutorial by Lex The Builder showcases a breathtaking construction reaching about 18 or 19 blocks tall, with Purple Stained Glass for the windows. The colour palette is perfect for the End, and it’s an excellent way to enclose the End Portal once you find it underground… if you’d like to put in the effort!
We know that we’ve already showcased a Japanese castle for Minecraft players, but let’s be honest– you can always go bigger. Cortezerino has come up with this video tutorial using Stone, Warped planks and White Concrete as its main materials. We can all agree that the Stone foundation makes the entire building stand out even more, right?
This video tutorial is divided into three parts, so don’t forget to check parts 2 and 3 to get the full rundown on the design. While it only focuses on the exterior structure and doesn’t provide further details for the interior, take it as an opportunity to add your own sparkle to it.
A pristine, shiny castle doesn’t have the same allure as an ancient, long-forgotten one when you consider the effort behind making it look like that. Perhaps what kind of loot can you find inside, we wonder? Making yet another appearance on our list, this video tutorial comes from BigTonyMC, showcasing a castle torn down by time and weather with a single tower standing. The structure adds a lot of charm to the environment and the entire construction won’t take too much time if you already have Stone and Oak logs lying around your chests. Of course, you can repurpose its interior as a starting survival base, but as a standalone decoration works perfectly fine too.
DiddiHD decided to go all out in this video tutorial showcasing a massive castle in Minecraft set on a mountain cliff for everyone to admire from afar. As you would expect from a Minecraft hill castle with these dimensions, you will also need to check out the second, third, and fourth parts uploaded in their channel for the full instructions. We recommend you slow down the video to x0.75 speed in case you get lost in the process. Fortunately, you can download the schematics for reference. We can assure you the results will be 100% worth it. Good luck with your mission!
Blackstone Medieval Castle
The 1.16 Nether update introduced some nice-looking blocks to add even more variety to your Minecraft world. If you want to steer away from the classic Minecraft medieval castle constructions, Stevler uses Blackstone and Basalt for their interpretation of this classic concept. Note that the entire tutorial is divided into three videos: one for the main structure, another one for the fortress walls, and the final part showcases the interior design. You may take some time to gather all the necessary resources for it, but the results are so worth it– just slap some nice shaders and any resource pack of your liking to enhance those beautiful dark colours!
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Little Castle Base
Can you guess who’s next on our list? That’s right, BigTonyMC makes another appearance on our list with a more compact depiction of a stone castle for Minecraft. Don’t get fooled though– you will still need to spend some hours to construct the entire edification if you’re planning to do so in your Survival world. Note that the author has published two more videos for this construction to showcase additional structure details and interior decoration. The commentary is entertaining and should give you plenty of instructions to complete it in no time!
In some cases, less is more. There’s no need to spend so many hours on any building project if you don’t want to, and you can still come up with a beautiful base to call your home in no time. For that same reason, TheMythicalSausage has come up with a cozy Minecraft small castle video tutorial for Survival players, adding a lot of character into the concept with a chimney, a small horse corral, a kitchen area, and a bedroom. The design allows you to expand into an underground cellar if you need an extra storage room.
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Owning endless lands and becoming a lord can be a great fantasy to live through Minecraft, right? Here we have an amazing video tutorial for a lord’s castle in Minecraft by LionCheater, which shows the foundation layout, wall and roof construction through time-lapses. As a reference, the video runs for 45 minutes, so we suggest you slow it down if you’re having issues following along.
Two gates will guard the access to the courtyard, and while the creator didn’t show any suggestions for its interior decoration, we think that it’s the perfect opportunity to add your own spark to the castle!
As we’ve mentioned before, setting a base in the desert biome can be challenging if you consider the lack of natural resources and the menacing Husks always luring even during the daytime. However, it also holds great potential for a thematic castle built with Sandstone. This video tutorial for a Minecraft desert castle by Crafting Vibes shows a 33 x 33 block area with four defence towers, the main house, and an inner courtyard. The castle layout will allow you to snipe mobs from afar using your Bow or Crossbow easily. We love how the leaves and vines add just the necessary green touches to the entire castle!
Dwarven Mountainside Castle
Straight from fantasy lore, dwarves are strongly associated with mining, mountains and the underground. So why not take some of that inspiration and build an excellent base in your Minecraft world? BigTonyMC has uploaded an awesome Minecraft dwarven castle using stone and Blackstone blocks. The entire video lasts about 21 minutes and the explanations are super easy to understand.
The colour palette and exterior design make for an elegant base, and its interior has enough space to fit all of your Survival essentials. We do recommend expanding underground or continuing digging into the mountain if you’re lacking some space!
Simple Survival Castle
What if you want to challenge yourself to create a smaller structure that can still cater to all of your Survival needs? Building a Minecraft small castle can be a fun project that won’t require many hours to complete. This design by Nexy includes an enchanting room, a small bedroom, a kitchen, and stables. The author even went the extra mile by building the entire thing in Survival, using Scaffolds to reach more complex areas. We always appreciate it when they ditch Creative mode to set realistic expectations on the construction!
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If you want to keep things small to save time and effort, we suggest you follow this video tutorial by Pixlriffs featuring four towers and two main areas for a dining hall and bedroom. What’s impressive is how they make it fit into a 16×16 area, making it a perfect choice for survival servers with plots.
Rather than expanding to the sides, the height differences between the front and back add a dramatic effect to the Minecraft castle that looks stunning from a distance or close. Don’t forget to switch between gray-coloured blocks to have a rich texture in the walls.
Compact Survival Castle
If you have about 22 or 23 stacks of Stone Bricks and Cobblestone, then you’ll be all set to follow along with the next video by Mr Smoose. This Minecraft castle tutorial also includes a giant red flag on top of the building and works wonderfully as a survival base for a single player. Keep in mind that the tutorial doesn’t include instructions for the interior decoration, but that should only grant you more liberties to reinterpret and adapt it for your needs.
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If you just want to build a classic stone castle, we have you covered with this video tutorial by Heyimrobby. While they don’t disclose the total number of resources needed for the entire project, you can still rely on a lot of Stone and Cobblestone blocks to construct a 4-tower castle with a moat. We suggest you slow down the video to x0.75 speed so that you can properly see the number of blocks placed and their location inside the blueprint. The design is as straightforward as it can get, so you don’t need to worry about complex shapes and layering block after block!
Starter Nether Castle
Players who get to the Nether for the first time can get spooked by the endless hazards and dangerous mob living in that realm. However, it also holds valuable resources that will help them progress further into the game. So why not use these exclusive blocks to create a dark castle in the Overworld? TheMythicalSausage returns to our list with a structure made out of Blackstone and Nether bricks. Balancing the dark colours with Soul Lanterns, it works as a perfect evil headquarters to plan the most macabre schemes you can think of. We give it our thumbs up and we encourage everyone to use Nether blocks more often in their buildings!
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Not many players like building their bases with Diorite, and we cannot really blame them. While it’s true that’s easier to build with Stone or Wood, why not give Diorite a try? The following video tutorial by Stevler has a cool Minecraft castle idea you can try if you have some stacks accumulating dust in your storage.
The entire tutorial is divided into three parts, so make sure to check parts 2 and 3 to have the full rundown on the castle design. The video doesn’t include comments, but Stevler makes it easy to see each pattern and how it should look.
Survival Castle with Moat
One Team brings us the following video tutorial for a Minecraft simple castle, perfect for those looking to have plenty of space for their storage and crafting stations. For this structure, you will need to clear out a 25 x 20 block area and an outer ring of about 3 or 4 blocks for the moat and entrance gate. We like how the roof includes small crop areas where you can grow your food, although there is so much potential to use other furniture ideas to add depth to this building’s interior.
Quartz is a beautiful resource available in the Nether, and its smooth texture makes it the perfect choice for the following Minecraft castle design. If you’re looking for a more modern approach to the classic formula, this video tutorial by QueenHaleybee and FloBro has several timestamps throughout the video to easily jump around as you follow the time-lapse.
We love the small ponds filled with Corals and Sea Pickles, making it an excellent choice if you’re looking to build your base near a beach. The good news is that the video also shows how to decorate the interior, so you’ll have a Survival castle all set up in no time!
Let’s place ourselves in the following scenario– you want to fortify a village so that you can finally start crafting an iron farm or trade with a Librarian villager to get the Mending enchantment book. This video tutorial by BlueNerd Minecraft shows step by step how to build a castle gate that you can build as a standalone structure or use with other Minecraft castle ideas. While this particular entrance doesn’t include a Redstone contraption for opening and closing its gates, it can still be a beautiful addition to any fortified medieval city.
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We always say that there’s no need to go overboard to come up with a great idea. Continuing with smaller castle blueprints, we share a video tutorial by TheMythicalSausage. They have self-imposed a challenge where they can only use an 8 x 8 block area for the entire edification. The result is a mini-castle base with a top floor where you can place your bed and some chests and a main floor with every essential crammed up in this tiny space. You can always expand upon the original design as you wish, but we think that it is an ingenious and cozy idea for a Minecraft mini castle that you may want to test for yourself.
Copper Roof Castle
Medieval castles are all the rave in the Minecraft community, given how easy it is to obtain Stone and Wood to achieve that vibe. If you have some stacks accumulating dust inside your storage, why not try this video tutorial by Lemonslice? What sells this castle is the majestic Copper roof, which we suggest the oxidized variant unless you’re drowning in Bee Wax.
Due to its size, it’s very easy to build and it’s excellent to include in the latest versions of Minecraft. Regardless of whether you decide to tackle this building project in a solo adventure or on a private server, the results are undeniably fantastic.
Survival Starter Castle
Coming up next, another video tutorial by BigTonyMC can guide you with another classic rendition of a medieval castle in Minecraft. It features an upper house, squared and main tower, a typical castle gate, and an inner courtyard. The video will also guide you through the interior decoration, something that not all content creators focus on in their tutorials. It’s always appreciated to watch how to build a castle in Minecraft with a voiceover commenting on the process, especially if you cannot properly see a specific pattern just from the footage.
Ultimate Medieval Castle
We bet veteran Minecraft players are always looking for ambitious building projects for their Survival Hardcore world. After all, bragging about having a gigantic medieval castle hits different when you’ve accomplished it without dying once– we’ve all fell down to our doom before Scaffolds were added to the game. That’s why this Minecraft medieval castle blueprint by ItsMarloe will mark all the boxes for you. These types of Minecraft castle builds require a lot of resources to fully fledge out, it is true. However, considering how it features storage rooms, animal and farming areas, a brewing room, an enchanting table area, and even some expandable room if you need additional space, you will be all set for your adventures!
The following Minecraft castle blueprint doesn’t follow the same pattern as the rest. Or should we say colour palette? The channel MY MINECRAFT HOUSE has come up with an adorable pink castle for your Survival world, using Concrete, Stone bricks, and Birch logs as the main resources. To follow along with the video tutorial, you should already have a 25 x 17 block area available to construct. The design doesn’t steer away from what one would expect from a Minecraft castle, but the pink colour is a nice twist in the formula. For an extra touch, you can also use a cute resource pack that will make your new castle pop! Let your imagination run wild with the interior decoration– maybe your dogs and cats can have a room for themselves inside?
Classic Medieval Castle
Cobblestone and Stone must be the most abundant blocks available in Minecraft after Dirt. They’re also the perfect resource to build a standard medieval castle with defensive walls, archer towers, and a moat to protect yourself from invaders. We think this Minecraft castle tutorial by Magma is perfect for any PvP map, particularly for a Capture the Flag scenario. Besides, you can customize the front banners and the flag poles with any colour or pattern of your liking.
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You’ve found the perfect spot at the coast to start building your brand-new base, but you’re unsure of its exact location. Perhaps placing your Survival base over a body of water can help you slow down mobs from arriving at your hideout and allow you to have a strategic advantage for shooting arrows. If you think the same, the next Minecraft island castle by BigTonyMC can be just what you need. Setting the foundations underwater will bring a more realistic look, and overall, its design is super convenient to store all your items and more. Note that BigTonyMC has uploaded a second part detailing the interior decoration if you want to follow their instructions rather than go with your own layout.
Simple Fantasy Castle
Last but not least, we have a thematic castle that works wonderfully with any fantasy Minecraft world. If you have some magic mods installed and want to pretend you’re a powerful wizard, you should complement it with an awesome hideout fitting to your status, right? This video tutorial by Lex The Builder mostly requires Stone bricks and Spruce logs to complete, so you should have no problems with recollecting all the necessary resources in Survival. As we’ve mentioned before, if you don’t have Dark Prismarine to complete the building blueprint, you can rely on Warped Stem to keep the same roof colour as the original.
Phew! Now that was a long list. After all, so many creators have put in a lot of passion and effort into showcasing their rendition of an all-time classic edification. Whether you’re playing a world by yourself or hopping into a server with friends, every single entry is an excellent candidate on its own to recreate in your Minecraft game. Or perhaps you’d like to customize them and come up with a completely different layout? It’s up to you to decide! We just know that Minecraft castle designs are super fun to make.
Did any of these Minecraft castle ideas catch your attention? Have you already tried to build any of these in your Minecraft game? We would love to hear your opinion in the comments below!