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Address: 115-123 King Street, Norwich NR1 1QE, England
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+44 1603 663922
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Dragon Hall is a magnificent Grade 1 listed medieval trading hall in the...

Dragon Hall is a magnificent Grade 1 listed medieval trading hall in the heart of Norwich. In April 2015 it became the home of Writers' Centre Norwich.

Writers’ Centre Norwich is a literature development agency based in Norwich, England’s only UNESCO City of Literature. Our mission is to explore the artistic and social impact of creative writing through pioneering and collaborative projects regionally, nationally and internationally. We are audience-focused and artform-led, with an agenda of excellence, engagement and experimentation.

We are proud custodians of the magnificent Dragon Hall and we are keen to ensure that the public can still access its history. Visit us for one of our guided tours and see the beautiful carved and painted dragon in the stunning timber crown post roof of the Great Hall. Discover more about Robert Toppes, the man that built Dragon Hall, commerce, trade and civic life in the 15th century and how Norwich became England's second city. After Toppes the building was changed and adapted over the centuries and the Great Hall was lost and only rediscovered in the 1970s above the attics of a row of terraced houses and shops.

For further information and to find out when the next guided tour takes place, visit the Writers' Centre Norwich website.

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First visit to Dragon Hall in its new incarnation

This was our second visit to Dragon Hall and our first since it has been in the hands of Writers' Centre Norwich (WCN). We took advantage of September's Heritage Open Days event... read more

Reviewed January 2, 2016
LJHutchins
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Hitchin, United Kingdom

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 9, 2017

Visited with vernacular architecture group, our volunteer guide was very welcoming and informative. A wonderful and interesting building well worth the visit.

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Reviewed March 9, 2017

A great bit of heritage but is sadly subject to a tour to be seen and unfortunately my tour guide was everso quiet and slow, so it was a bit boring!

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Thank Kathy F
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 21, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic architecture and great history of Norwich can be found in dragon hall. The staff are all incredibly helpful as well

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Thank Justtrytolikeme
Norfolk, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 6, 2016

This outstanding Tudor Hall was built by Robert Toppes; the Richard Branson of the 15thC. Books are available locally for more details of the history and about Toppes. The Hall is located a 10 minute stroll from the city centre in a very pretty historic part of Norwich by the lovely River Wensum. To arrive by boat in the 15th... More 

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Thank eileendover32
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 8, 2016

This is a wonderful building, beautifully and sensitively restored but please note that it is now only open to the public on one day each month and on the four days of the Heritage Open Days weekend in September. Please go to the Writers' Centre Norwich website for details. Also on the Writers' Centre website, under 'About' and then 'About... More 

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Thank Richard M
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 15, 2016

We were absolutely fascinated by this ancient building! There's so much to look and marvel at. The museum is really interesting, spacious and accessible. You will be fascinated!

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 2, 2016

This was our second visit to Dragon Hall and our first since it has been in the hands of Writers' Centre Norwich (WCN). We took advantage of September's Heritage Open Days event to come along for a storytelling session and the launch of a local author's book. Our earlier visit took place while the building was in the hands of... More 

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Long Stratton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

I attended a wedding party here and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The venue is beautiful with wooden beams and a nice beer garden. The toilets were very clean and the staff friendly.

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Wymondham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 31, 2015

Its not always open to the public as its being used for other functions so pick your time carefully. I like old architecturally important buildings and I appreciate the efforts and materials used as part of the construction process. As a timber framed medieval building it has a lot of features that are rare to find these days. I was... More 

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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 27, 2015

I am sure that it might be a great place to visit, but despite all current advertising and available fliers - it is now closed to visitors and now rented by some writers circle. There is no information displayed on or near the building. So trying doors, peering in through the windows does you no good. Very badly handled by... More 

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