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Kids Wooden Playhouses - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

10 of the best wooden playhouses for kids

Our selection of outdoor playhouses for children.

Getting children away from screens and enjoying the great outdoors can be a challenge at the best of times. Luckily, there are lots of tricks to get them interested in spending time in the garden and having hours of fun while they’re out there.

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For a special twist on the usual kids’ garden toys, outdoor playhouses offer an exciting new world of adventure and imaginative play for little ones.

Some even include a windowsill flower box, so you could get them interested in gardening by adding their own children’s gardening set, or help them tackle their first climbing wall over their very own play tent.

We’ve pulled together a selection of the best wooden playhouses for kids to help them wile away the summer hours. Whether they want to slide down from a treehouse, run a pretend café or become king or queen of their very own castle, there’s a wooden Wendy house for them.


10 of the best children’s wooden playhouses

Browse our selection of outdoor playhouses for kids below:

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Mercia Tulip Wooden Playhouse and Activity Set

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Mercia Tulip Wooden Playhouse and Activity Set

This raised wooden Wendy house combines the fun of a playground with the luxury of a space kids’ can call their very own. The self-assembly playhouse is crafted in Britain from FSC certified timber (meaning the wood is sustainably sourced) and the windows are made from shatterproof styrene for extra safety. The house also comes with a 10 year anti-rot guarantee, which is great news for parents, while the swing and slide should be a big win for kids.

Price: £800

Buy Mercia Tulip Wooden Playhouse and Activity Set at Argos


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Children’s Wooden Penthouse Playhouse with Bridge, Slide and Climbing Wall

Children's Wooden Penthouse Playhouse with Bridge, Slide and Climbing Wall - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Children’s Wooden Penthouse Playhouse with Bridge, Slide and Climbing Wall

Offering a splash of adventure, this multi-faceted outdoor playhouse has a climbing wall and bridge to help kids reach the slide. There’s space to play on the second level as well as a sand pit below for even more fun. Constructed from pressure treated and FSC certified wood, this playhouse is sustainable and built to last.

Price: £850

Buy Mercia Poppy Raised Timber Playhouse with Swing and Slide at Wickes


3

Command Post and Platform Elevated Wooden Playhouse with Balcony

Command Post and Platform Elevated Wooden Playhouse with Balcony - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Command Post and Platform Elevated Wooden Playhouse with Balcony

This lean-to style kids’ playhouse is made from sustainably-sourced wood, ready to assemble with fixings and instructions included. Reaching the raised house via a ladder gives the playhouse a treehouse feel and little ones can survey the rest of the garden from their very own elevated veranda.

The playhouse arrives ready to paint or stain and the inventive pattern painted here is great inspiration to do something a little different.

Price: £525

Buy Command Post and Platform Elevated Wooden Playhouse with Balcony at Wickes


4

Whacky Tower Wooden Playhouse

Whacky Tower Wooden Playhouse - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Whacky Tower Wooden Playhouse

For something bold, this fun, cartoon-style outdoor playhouse for kids is guaranteed to put a smile on their faces. Complete with both a ladder and a slide, the painted fir wood house should be a big hit. The windows and doors even open and close with soft close magnets, ensuring it’s safe for little hands.

Price: £529

Buy Whacky Tower Wooden Playhouse on Amazon


5

Wooden Wigwam Children’s Playhouse

Wooden Wigwam Children's Playhouse - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Wooden Wigwam Children’s Playhouse

A traditional Native American wigwam is the inspiration for this children’s wooden playhouse. Contained at ground level the playhouse is ideal for smaller children for whom a raised veranda and ladder might be a concern and it has shatterproof styrene plastic glass for extra safety. This tent-style Wendy house arrives ready to paint, so you can have fun deciding your own pattern and design.

Price: £472

Buy Shire Wooden Wigwam Children’s Playhouse at One Garden


6

Plum My First Wooden Playcentre

Plum My First Wooden Playcentre - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Plum My First Wooden Playcentre

Adventure is key with this inventive playcentre, which combines a rock-climbing wall, rope net and slide as well as a play den. Made from sustainably sourced timber, it also comes with a one year guarantee and is suitable for even young children, from age 18 months and up.

Price: £175

Buy Plum My First Wooden Playcentre at Argos


7

Garden Playhouse Including Play Kitchen

Garden Playhouse Including Play Kitchen - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Garden Playhouse Including Play Kitchen

This children’s wooden playhouse offers a domestic hideaway for kids with their own picnic table, blackboard and mailbox. One side of the house opens out to reveal a kitchen so kids can pretend to cook and serve their friends in their own make-believe café.

Price: £439.99

Buy Garden Playhouse Including Play Kitchen at Wayfair


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Premium Castle Playhouse

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Premium Castle Playhouse

This cedar wood children’s playhouse is in the shape of a castle so kids can feel like the ruler of their very own kingdom. After climbing the battlements on the second floor of the castle, kids can whizz back down on the slide.

Price: £1,189.99

Buy Premium Castle Playhouse at Wayfair


9

Loft and Bunk Split Level Wooden Playhouse

Loft and Bunk Split Level Wooden Playhouse - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Loft and Bunk Split Level Wooden Playhouse

This two-story playhouse feels like a real home with an upstairs accessed via a mini staircase. Made from sustainably sourced wood it has homey, square paned windows, which push open just like real ones but are made from acrylic for extra safety.

Price: £600

Buy Loft and Bunk Split Level Wooden Playhouse at Wickes


10

Discovery Backyard Spring Cottage

Discovery Backyard Spring Cottage - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Discovery Backyard Spring Cottage

This cottage-style playhouse offers a true home-from-home set up, complete with a windowsill flower box, doorbell, mailbox and kitchen. Each side of this children’s wooden playhouse offers a different space for kids to play in and have hours of imaginative fun.

Price: £725.99

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To accompany their wooden play house, we’ve also rounded up the best kids’ garden furniture to get the little ones spending more time outdoors.