Minecraft servers tend to be run by passionate gaming communities who create vast and immersive worlds using the game’s famous pixelated blocks.
Servers are easy to join and can be extremely fun to play in, especially because each one has its own unique take on the game, including theme, design, monsters and quests. To join a sever you first need to find its IP address, typically by searching forums, the server’s website or community Discord.
We’ve picked some of our favourites from the thousands currently live around the world.
As one of the longest-running servers in Minecraft, Middle Earth has gained a multitude of fans in the gaming community and regularly has thousands of players in its Discord and playing on the server.
If there was ever a beautiful world from our childhoods that would end up reimagined in Minecraft, Middle Earth from JRR Tolkien’s epoch making The Lord of the Rings is a good place to start. The Middle Earth map is 29,000 by 30,000 blocks and was created in WorldPainter and WorldMachine. This makes their world an incredible 870 square kilometres, in which you can plumb the depths of Moria, traverse the tower of Isengard, and run through the streets of Gondor’s Minas Tirith. You can even get a job in the game working as a labourer.
If you’re a Lord of the Rings or RPG fan, you’ll probably already know this server, and if not it’s well worth your time, even if it’s just to enjoy the locations, sceneries and textures inspired by the books and movies.
Server IP lotr.g.akliz.net
Whether you loathed or loved the Season 7 ending of Game of Thrones, we can assure you that you’ll want to be a part of this server. The WesterosCraft server is still in beta, which may be the best part as it’s faithfully recreating the world of Game of Thrones with over 1.5 billion blocks placed over 19.5 square kilometres.
The server is community driven, so all updates and feedback are provided by their players through Discord before being implemented by their community builders.
If you’re a GoT elitist or just a great builder you’ll most definitely want to be a part of this server, and help them build prestigious landmarks from Winterfell, to Casterly Rock, to The Wall.
Server IP: mc.westeroscraft.com
Taking you back to 2006 when life was simple: you finished school, hopped onto your family’s PC, logged onto RuneScape and listened to OST Harmony while standing in Lumbridge, asking for a “GF PLZ”. Good times, eh? Now you can recreate those good times in MineScape, a place where you can train skills and PVP just like the original game.
Although this server is currently in beta, it’s in its third year of development and are receiving consistent updates too. Utilising resource packs from Minecraft, MineScape is designed to look and feel like the authentic RuneScape, complete with custom unique blocks and topped off with the UI of RuneScape.
Server IP : Eu.minescape
Yu-craft is a smaller server than the others listed, but good things also come in smaller packages. Based on the epic trading card game, this Yu-Gi-Oh Minecraft server has a raft of familiar features, from the town’s friendly card trading shops to all-in competitive tournaments, where you can fight your way up the monthly leaderboards.
If you’ve ever dabbled with anime or Yu-Gi-Oh- this server provides the user with the epic trading card game experience. The Minecraft server has many features that range from the town's friendly trading card shops, too the competitive tournaments. In the server you can fight and battle your way to the top on the monthly leaderboards and win booster packs, these are used to open Yu-Gi-Oh cards. This server is great for Yu-Gi-Oh fans, anime fans and collectors alike.
Server IP yu-craft.com
Hypixel is one of the biggest and oldest Minecraft servers, launching its beta on April 13, 2013. Hypixel was created for Minecraft adventure maps and the creators uploaded trailers, to their YouTubes channels, showcasing these maps.
Later on, the creators of the server started to implement minigames on the server while they were working on adventure maps for Minecraft.
However, as the severs popularity grew from the minigames, the focus of the server shifted to minigames and it became the server's identity. The server owners scrapped adventure maps.
You have probably played Play Bed Wars, SkyWars, Murder Mystery and many more unique Minecraft minigames on the Hypixel Server. This server is a must-play for players who just want to jump in and out of a game quickly.
Server IP mc.hypixel.net
What is a furry you may ask? The furry fandom is a subculture they’re interested in anthropomorphic animal characters, which have human personalities and characteristics.
Furry nexus Minecraft are one of the biggest furry servers on discord with 42,000 members. One of the best things this server is how connected their community are. They frequently run weekly events that include Movie Nights and Karaoke Nights in their games, the main focal point of the server is around communication and having fun.
This server is incredibly friendly and is all about making friends, this server is a great place for people to "hang out ".
Server IP 1-16.furrynexus.com
With the news of the new Harry Potter game called Hogwarts Legacy, launching next year, many Harry Potter fans have been starved of content from the franchise for years. Why not quell that hunger and play on this HP themed server?
The server hosts a multitude of minigames, based on the Harry Potter universe, ranging from, Spell Wars, Quabbleball and a Harry Potter twist on the classic game Hide and Seek. The server is an active server, with thousands of users in their Discord server. If you’re a minigames fan or an HP enthusiast, then this server is the one for you.
Server IP: play.potterworldmc.com
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