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. This follows the winding up of the Norfolk and Norwich Heritage Trust, the previous occupants of Dragon Hall. The new tenants from 2015 are the the National Centre for Writing and we, the Heritage Volunteers, work in partnership with them. 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: new dates for 2018
As the home of the National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall is not accessible to the public on a daily basis. However, the Dragon Hall Heritage Volunteers run regular guided tours of the building on the first and third Monday of each month. The current dates are Mondays 1st and 15th October, 5th and 19th November, and 3rd December 2018, all at 2.0 p.m. Entry is free and there is no booking necessary, but donations towards the maintenance of this ancient building are greatly appreciated.
Tours can be arranged outside these times by special arrangement. Please contact Barbara Roberts for more information.
Dragon Hall is accessible by lift except for the cellars.
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. View our Heritage Volunteers page for more details.
We are always keen to recruit new members. Please contact us 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.