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LEGO. The little plastic bricks that let you build the walls of whatever building your imagination can come up with.

But while Ed Sheeran settled for bulding a LEGO house, you can go all-out and build your very own castle. LEGO Castles have been around for quite some time - the first LEGO castle was introduced in 1978 and consisted of mostly yellow bricks.

Let's take a look at eight of the very best LEGO castle sets ever made. We've got drawbridges, steeples and Mickey Mouse(?!) in our top 8 countdown.

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8. LEGO Lord of the Rings: The Battle of Helm's Deep

  • Set: 9474
  • Pieces: 1368
  • Minifigs: 8
  • Released: 2012

The walled fortress at Helm's Deep is under attack by the mighty Uruk-hai army in this licensed LEGO Lord of the Rings castle.

Measuring 22cm (6 inches) high and 52cm (20 inches) wide, this fortress might not be a completely accurate representation of the high walls of Helm's deep but it's a set full of character and interesting building techniques.

The Battle of Helm's Deep

7. LEGO Disney's Frozen - The Ice Castle NEW!

  • Set: 71040
  • Pieces: 1709
  • Minifigs: 5
  • Released: July 2021

For those looking for a little more glitter with their castle, this Frozen Ice Castle is certainly an attractive LEGO set. Standing over 65cm (25 inches) tall, the castle comes with ice fountain, ice chandeliers and the iconic Frozen dual staircase. It's available now.

The Ice Castle

6. LEGO System Royal Knight's Castle

  • Set: 6090
  • Pieces: 1426
  • Minifigs: 11
  • Released: 1995

The LEGO System Royal Knight's Castle is a fan favourite - and rightly so with gated entrance and royal blue tiled roof.

With 11 minifigures - including a skeleton and ghost - and 3 horses, your castle battles will be filled with variety and surprise. And it comes with a base plate exclusive to the set. The castle fetches around $400/£300 on eBay

LEGO Royal Knight's Castle

5. LEGO Creator Medieval Castle NEW!

  • Set: 31120
  • Pieces: 1426
  • Minifigs: 3
  • Released: August 2021

The most recent castle on our list is the new LEGO Creator 3-in-1 castle.

With this set you can build from a choice of 3 castles: a defensive castle with towers and drawbridge; a giant tower with working catapult or a medieval castle village - or buy three and combine the sets to create one mega castle! Sadly, the set is a little lacking in minifigures with just 3 characters to defend your castle from an imminent seige, which keeps it from scaling to the top of our list of best LEGO castles.

The LEGO Medieval Castle launches August 2021.

LEGO Creator Medieval Castle

4. LEGO Castle King's Castle Siege

  • Set: 7094
  • Pieces: 973
  • Minifigs: 10
  • Released: 2007

Defend the King from the fantastical dragon in this seige set. Guard the front gate and drawbridge with a giant LEGO catapult - or leave through the secret escape door on the right. The castle comes with jail cell, treasury and weapons room to store the variety of weapons included in this set.

The set fetches around $250/£150 on eBay.

King's Castle Siege

3. Disney Castle

  • Set: 71040
  • Pieces: 4080
  • Minifigs: 5
  • Released: Sept 2016

The iconic Disney Resort Cinderella Castle stands at over 74cm (29 inches) high in LEGO form.

Visitors to your castle enter over a stone bridge in to the four-story main building where you'll find the great entrance hall complete with armoured knights and grandfather clock. Other floors include the master bedroom, a red brick stove in the castle kitchen and various Disney highlights such as the magic mirror from Snow White and glass slipper from Cinderella.

Two very famous mice - Mickey and Minnie - will be your hosts during your stay at the LEGO Disney Castle; and they'll celebrate every evening with fireworks launched from the balcony of the castle.

The LEGO Disney Castle

2. LEGO Kingdoms King's Castle

  • Set: 7946
  • Pieces: 933
  • Minifigs: 8
  • Released: 2010

The LEGO Kingdoms King's Castle comes with wind-up drawbridge and catapults to defend the King of the Lion Kingdom from any nearby attackers from the Dragon Knight army.

The castle is a modular build allowing you to rearrange your castle whenever required, and is great fun to build. The set goes for around $200/£120 on eBay.

King's Castle

1. LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle

  • Set: 71043
  • Pieces: 6020
  • Minifigs: 4
  • Released: Sept 2018

The massive Hogwarts Castle is number 1 on our list of best LEGO castles. Measuring at over 22 inches (58cm) high, 27 inches (69cm) wide and 16 inches (43cm) deep it is the biggest castle LEGO have ever created.

The castle contains many references and details sure to please Harry Potter fans of both the books and films - such as the Great Hall; moving staircases; various classrooms and other highlights from the series.

This set costs US $399.99 / £349.99 / 399.99€.

The LEGO Hogwarts Castle

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