The Dragon of Dragon Hall

Welcome to Dragon Hall Heritage

The Dragon Hall Heritage Volunteers have created this website for all matters concerning the Volunteers and the history and heritage of Dragon Hall in Norwich. It is now the home of the National Centre for Writing and we, the Heritage Volunteers, work in partnership with them, particularly in helping to raise funds for maintenance of the building through our tours. Our aim is to maintain and promote knowledge of, and access to, Dragon Hall. For Venue Hire enquiries (including weddings) please contact the National Centre for Writing on 01603 877177.

What is Dragon Hall?

Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich is a unique, Grade 1 listed, medieval trading hall dating from around 1430, renowned for its spectacular timber crown-post roof and intricately carved and painted dragon. It is one of the ‘Norwich Twelve’, the iconic buildings of Norwich, and is symbolic of Norwich’s historical role as a major textile production centre and as a city of national importance.

It is also important as an example of a building built by one 15th century entrepreneur, Robert Toppes, which was effectively ‘lost’ after his death and re-discovered and restored in the 20th century. To find information on these and many other aspects of Dragon Hall, go to ‘History of Dragon Hall’.

Access and Tours

As the home of the National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall is not accessible to the public on a daily basis, but the Dragon Hall Heritage Volunteers run regular guided tours of the building on the first and third Monday of each month at 2pm. But please check the National Centre for Writing's website for dates as in some months there may be no tours. Entry is free and there is no booking necessary, but donations towards the maintenance of this ancient building are greatly appreciated.

Group Tours can be arranged outside these times by special arrangement. Please contact Christine Pritchard for more information.

Dragon Hall is accessible by lift except for the cellars and undercroft.

Please note that the tours are only of the medieval parts of the complex and do not include the offices, meeting rooms etc. occupied by the National Centre for Writing.

There is no car parking at Dragon Hall but the public car park in Rouen Road is a few minutes walk away. Please also visit our Location page for maps showing car parks. Dragon Hall is a short walk from Norwich railway station over the Lady Julian Bridge.

Dragon Hall Heritage Volunteers

We act as tour guides and offer a range of talks which we can bring to your venue, usually with a Powerpoint slide show. In addition to the talks we offer a performance of the Mummers’ play: ‘St. George and the Dragon’. We also run a Local History group for discussion of topics related to Dragon Hall and the surrounding area; for some documents relating to the area go to Community Voices.

Are you interested in history and/or old buildings? We are always keen to recruit new members to act as guides or assistants. We provide a lot of documents and background material, training and support for those keen to help promote and preserve this unique and wonderful building. Why not come for a trial tour before making any commitment? Please contact Christine Pritchard to find out more.

History and Heritage Documents

On this website you can also find out about the history of Dragon Hall and information about specific aspects of its history. View our History of Dragon Hall page for an outline of its history and then view our Archive Documents page or Films page for more detailed information.