Build a Norman Castle

Build a Norman Castle in Minecraft

Build a Norman Castle

This year, we teamed up with The Yogscast to recreate the iconic Dover Castle in Minecraft. Let Master Builder Sjin guide you through the steps in our videos below, then ready your best pickaxe and construct your own crenellated creation. 

Let's Build Dover Castle Dover Castle - Part 1

Watch Sjin and Duncan from The Yogscast explore Dover Castle, recreated in stunning detail in Minecraft. Climb spiral staircases to the top of the Great Tower, sit on the king's throne and see where he would have slept.

Watch Sjin and Duncan from The Yogscast explore Dover Castle, recreated in stunning detail in Minecraft. Climb spiral staircases to the top of the Great Tower, sit on the king's throne and see where he would have slept.

Let's Build Dover Castle Dover Castle - Part 2

Our adventure continues as Sjin and Duncan from The Yogscast explore their Minecraft Dover Castle. Explore the banquet hall, head down into the wine cellar and test the castle's outer defences.

Our adventure continues as Sjin and Duncan from The Yogscast explore their Minecraft Dover Castle. Explore the banquet hall, head down into the wine cellar and test the castle's outer defences.

Let's Build Dover Castle Dover Castle in six minutes

It took many years to finish the real thing – but this timelapse shows our Dover Castle being built in Minecraft in minutes.

It took many years to finish the real thing – but this timelapse shows our Dover Castle being built in Minecraft in minutes.

Let's Build Dover Castle Year of the Normans

2016 marks the 950th anniversary of the year that changed English history forever. We’ll be marking the Norman Conquest of 1066 at our sites across the country. Which will you visit?

2016 marks the 950th anniversary of the year that changed English history forever. We’ll be marking the Norman Conquest of 1066 at our sites across the country. Which will you visit?

Dover Castle Minecraft Dover Castle - Part 1
Dover part 2 Minecraft Dover Castle - Part 2
Dover Castle in six minutes
Year of the Normans
Windows

Key Features

Windows

Windows varied in size and decoration according to the size of the room they lit, what the room was used for and who it was used by. Small, plain windows were used to light rooms such as garderobes (medieval toilets!) and larger windows helped light the lord's private chamber or his chapel.

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Doors

Castle doors had to be reinforced to withstand attack. They were made of outer and inner layers of oak - a very durable and weather resistant timber. The layers were held together with iron nails and visible studs which would damage and blunt the weapons of anyone trying to break through. Important doors and gates were set in stone arches.

Turrets

Staircases 

Straight and spiral stone staircases were used in walls and towers. Attackers would often have to climb clockwise, forcing them to fight with their left (and often weaker) hand, giving the defending men an advantage. The stairs were often unevenly designed, favouring those who lived there and knew the layout well. Everything about a castle was to support the people defending it.

Feature 4

Towers 

Crenellated towers are a distinguishing feature of Norman castles. A crenellation was a parapet wall built on the top of a castle tower or curtain wall with regular gaps (known as crenels) for firing arrows and other missiles. The solid portion between two crenels is known as a merlon. Crenels were smaller than merlons, giving defenders room to take cover.

Feature 5

Timber

The first of England's Norman castles were built from wood. Later, they were rebuilt in stone and the more flammable materials such as thatch or timber roof tiles were replaced with stone slates. The timber roof structures no longer survive but we know they existed because of lines in the masonry, as well as sockets and supports.

Get Inspired

Draw inspiration for your own Norman castle from these real examples, or use our Norman Sites Map to discover more.

  • Rochester Castle

    Strategically placed astride the London Road, guarding an important crossing of the River Medway, this imposing fortress has a complex history of destruction and rebuilding.

  • Kenilworth Castle

    Kenilworth Castle

    Once home to Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I. Today you can walk in the beautifully recreated Elizabethan garden and scale the heights of the tower built to woo the Queen.

  • Richmond Castle

    With its breathtaking views of the Yorkshire dales, Richmond Castle is one of the finest tourist attractions in North Yorkshire.

More Norman Sites

Discover more Norman architecture all across the country, and draw inspiration for your own Minecraft build.

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