Best climbing frame: 7 top buys for your back garden

These are the best climbing frames to entertain the kids without having to leave your own back garden

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Looking to buy the best climbing frame? Whether you need a way to keep the kids entertained while you're busy doing chores, or perhaps your local park is still shut due to COVID, this is a smart purchase. Having a climbing frame in your back garden makes for easy entertainment, so you can finally sit down and enjoy a cuppa. Also, they'll use it year-round as long as it's not raining outside. And, come the school holidays you'll be sorted for at-home fun.

We've found the best climbing frames on the market for 2020 and popped them below. For all ages, made from all materials and even all budgets. 

Want even more ideas to keep the kids entertained? Then make sure you check out our best trampolines so you can add to your fun garden games collection. 

The best climbing frames

Best climbing frame: Plum Climbing Pyramid Wooden Play Centre

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1. Plum Climbing Pyramid Wooden Play Centre

Best climbing frame you can buy: it ticks all our boxes, and hopefully all of theirs

Specifications
Age: 3 - 12 years
Size: L1.50m x W3.90m x H2.10m
Made from: Premium FSC certified timber
Reasons to buy
+5 year guarantee+Has a slide, rock climbing wall, secret play area and more+Compact
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing!

The Plum Climbing Pyramid Wooden Play Centre is our pick of the best climbing frame you can buy. 

Age range

Suitable for children who are aged three to 12. It features everything from an eight-foot wave slide to a rock climbing wall, a secret play area, a ladder, a rope climber and a large double play deck. 

Design

It's made from premium FSC certified timber and it comes with a five-year warranty. They'll have hours of fun using it. The best part? It's compact so as not to take up too much precious garden space.

Best metal climbing frame: TP Toys Children's Explorer Metal Climbing Frame Set and Slide

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2. TP Toys Children's Explorer Metal Climbing Frame Set and Slide

Best metal climbing frame: it grows along with your child

Specifications
Age: 18 months - 12 years
Made from: Galvanised steel
Reasons to buy
+Height adjustable+100kg max weight+Sturdy+Slide on the side+Quite simple to assemble
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best looking

The TP Toys Children's Explorer Metal Climbing Frame Set with Slide & Jungle Run is brilliant. 

Age range

It can be used by your little one from when they are 18 months to 12 years old and the frame is easily changeable depending on your child's height. It takes just two hours to assemble if two adults are tackling the job,

Design

It's made from galvanised steel for durability purposes. The den at the top features a window and roll-up doors, while it's designed to keep nuts and bolts out of their sight. It has a 2.5m long slide coming off it, as well.

Best climbing frame for toddlers: Little Tikes Jungle Climber

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3. Little Tikes Jungle Climber

Best climbing frame for toddlers: an adventure for little ones

Specifications
Age: 3+
Size: H137cm x W37cm x L169cm
Made from: Plastic
Reasons to buy
+1 year guarantee+Easy to clean+Has slide and rope climbing+120 minute assembly
Reasons to avoid
-Made of plastic

Choose the Little Tikes Jungle Climber if you are trying to entertain an adventurous toddler. 

Age range 

This climbing frame has a jungle-themed design that toddlers will love and is suitable for children aged three and above. We think children would soon grow out of this design, however, and may want something bigger and more exciting after a couple of years. It takes 120 minutes to build and requires two people for the assembly.

Design

It's made from plastic and is completely weatherproof for year-round use. It has everything from a slide to rope-climbing, a secret tunnel, high steps and more. The best part? It's small in size so will be slightly less obtrusive in your garden than our other picks. Winning.

Best large climbing frame: FATMOOSE Wooden Climbing Frame

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4. FATMOOSE Wooden Climbing Frame

Best large climbing frame: entertain several children for hours with this wooden climbing frame

Specifications
Age: 36 months +
Made from: Solid timber
Reasons to buy
+Solid construction+Super fun+10-year warranty+Assembly isn't that easy
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn't come with basketball hoop or rock climbing accessories

Buy the FATMOOSE Wooden Climbing Frame if you have several children to keep busy or if your children often have friends back after school or over to play during the holidays. 

Age range 

Not suitable for children under the age of three, this design is perfect for bigger for kids looking for a more challenging climbing frame experience.  

Design 

This climbing frame is huge with everything from a long slide to monkey bars, a climbing rope, a climbing wall and much more. It's made from high-press impregnated solid timber and is supported by 7cm x 7cm beams for safety purposes. It's also easy to care for and it comes with comprehensive assembly instructions to make this process easy. It also comes with a 10-year guarantee.

Easy Outdoor Space Dome Climber

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5. Easy Outdoor Space Dome Climber

Best budget climbing frame: it can improve limb strength, balance and agility

Specifications
Age: 3 - 9
Size: W91cm x H46cm x D91cm
Made from: High-quality steel
Reasons to buy
+Max weight of 1,000 pounds+Inexpensive+5 children can play at one time
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best looking

The Easy Outdoor Space Dome Climber is a great pick if you are on a budget. 

Age range 

Suitable for kids aged between three and nine, it can hold up to the five children at any one time. It has a weight limit of 1,000 pounds should adults want to get involved in the fun, too. 

Design 

This high-quality climbing frame is made from top-quality steel that's both rust and UV-resistant so it can be left outside no matter the weather. Easy to set up and very colourful, this climbing frame will help kids to improve their limb strength, balance and agility.  

Best large climbing frame: WICKEY Climbing Frame MultiFlyer

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6. WICKEY Climbing Frame MultiFlyer

Best large climbing frame: for big gardens and active children

Specifications
Age: 3+
Size: 347cm x 480cm x 263cm
Made from: Treated solid wood
Reasons to buy
+Bargain price for the size+Made from solid wood+Comes with swings, climbing stones, sandpit, slide
Reasons to avoid
-Very large

The WICKEY Climbing Frame MultiFlyer is large but very fun. Made from pressure-treated solid wood, this high-quality climbing frame is great for larger gardens or those with several children. Or, if you're often the parent who has everyone's children round to play.

Age range

Suitable for children aged three and over, adult supervision is required when children are using this intricate climbing frame.

Design
Large yet super fun, this climbing frame comes complete with everything from two swings to a slide – that measures 220cm in length – as well as climbing stones and swinging hooks. It even has a sandpit built-in and it comes with a racing steering wheel as well as a telescope.

Dunster House MonkeyFort Wilderness Climbing Frame

7. Dunster House Monkey Fort Woodland Climbing Frame With Wave Slide

Best climbing frame for growing children: plenty of activities to keep them interested for several years

Specifications
Best for: Several children
Material: Pressure treated wood
Suitable for: 3-14 years
Max. user weight: 50kg
Reasons to buy
+Wide range of activities+Tower with den at the top
Reasons to avoid
-Not the cheapest option-Will require more than one person to build it

Another great buy if you have slightly older kids, this climbing frame offers multiple activities in one package. 

Age range

Suitable for children aged three and upwards, this is a climbing frame that offers plenty of challenging activities that kids will love to try as they grow up. Designed for up to five children to be using it at the same time. 

Design

With this climbing frame you get a tower with a roof over the top that kids will love to turn into a den, two comfy swings, monkey bars and an extra thick wavy slide. It's made from pressure treated timber and there's a 10 year guarantee on the timber against rot and insect infestation.

How to buy the best climbing frame

Age
If you are spending a lot of money on a climbing frame, you want to make sure that it will last your child for a few years. Some climbing frames grow as your child grows, while others are suitable for certain ages upwards. Choose the climbing frame based on your child's likes and dislikes, too – there's no point in getting one with a slide if they won't use it, it just adds to the expense and is an extra thing to clean.

Size
Have a size in mind when looking for climbing frames, so that you definitely know it will fit in your outdoor space without dominating it. A huge climbing frame that takes up the bulk of your garden space is probably not the most favourable outlook you want to be faced with every time you look out of the window. 

What's it made from?
Consider how easy your new climbing frame is to clean and whether it just needs a wipe down with a cloth or a full on jet wash. Wooden designs may need a suitable wood treatment after a couple of years for added durability. Bear this in mind when choosing to make sure you're happy with any associated ongoing maintenance. 

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