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7 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.


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.

7 of the best children’s wooden playhouses

Browse our selection of outdoor playhouses for kids below:



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: £1,360

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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: £1,575

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


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: £638.99

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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: £255.99

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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: £458.64

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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

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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

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.


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