115-123 King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QE
+44 (0)1603 663 922
Medieval Norwich comes alive here
Dragon Hall is a beautiful, Grade 1 listed medieval trading hall, renowned for its spectacular timber crown-post roof and intricately carved and painted dragon.
Built by a Norwich merchant with an international trading empire, Dragon Hall dates from a time when Norwich was England’s second city. In its heyday it would have been filled with wool, cloth, timber, spices and pottery.
Today a stunning refurbishment has created new, light and airy spaces alongside the carefully restored hall itself.
Family-friendly displays tell the story of Dragon Hall’s creation by merchant Robert Toppes and the hall’s thriving early years when the Great Hall itself was his impressive showroom. The wider landscape of civic life and trade in fifteenth century Norwich provide the fascinating backdrop.
Dragon Hall is one of the Norwich 12.
- Free audio guide
- Guided tours, Tuesdays at 2pm (included in normal admission)
- Family activities and trails
- Craft workshops
- Study days
Recommended length of visit: 1 to 2 hours
Other good things to do near by
Dragon Hall is best reached on foot, either on the river walk along the River Wensum or down historic King Street. Both routes are full of interest. A few minutes away you can visit Julian of Norwich's Chapel and see a recreation of the cell where she wrote her Revelations, and the famous invocation that ‘all shall be well’.
Also nearby you will find Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle Museum and the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum.
Travel and parking
The nearest car parks are on Rouen Road, Rose Lane and Riverside.
Ten minutes from Norwich Train station and bus stops on Castle Meadow.
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Other access information
Dragon Hall is wheelchair accessible apart from the cellars and undercroft which are reached by steep steps. Telephone for further details.