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Address: 115-123 King Street, Norwich NR1 1QE, England
Phone Number: +44 (0) 1603 663 922
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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

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
LJHutchins
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars 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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4 of 5 stars 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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4 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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1 of 5 stars 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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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

An amazing building with such history attached to it. When you are there you really get a feel for how it was back then. It's lovely to see this building has been restored so beautifully. It can be hired out for functions at a cost. There are toilets.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

credit to the local authorities who have managed to preserve this medieval building`s main features (the amazing beamed roof particularly) whilst making it a usable working building. A little bit off the main tourist route it is well worth a visit (to be honest, a short visit) but by doing so you get to see a real slice of history... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This museum is fascinating. Covering many years of Norwich history, it offers much information about the river, commerce, currency, and more. A wonderful walk through sociology at it's best - giving a tangible sense of how Norwich people lived through the centuries, and the influences of their times.

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This building is a little off the beaten track in Kings Street. but still not far from the city centre, so worth seeking out. There has been masses of archaeological and restoration work returning it to show part of what was there when a very wealthy merchant turned it into his trading hall, in the Middle Ages. There was also... More 

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