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Review of Dragon Hall

Dragon Hall
Ranked #51 of 117 things to do in Norwich
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 27 August 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 the owners - whoever they maybe.

Date of experience: August 2015
4  Thank Richard T
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Reviewed 12 June 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.

Date of experience: May 2015
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Reviewed 21 May 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 that is becoming harder and harder to find..

Date of experience: February 2015
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Reviewed 28 February 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.

Date of experience: June 2014
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Reviewed 28 August 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 an explanation of how it had been hidden away behind lots of building when the hall was subsequently subdivided. It was only after the 1979 when the brewery sold it, that the building's history was revealed and the archaeologists uncovered a history dating back to Saxon times. The ancient old timbers and brickwork are exposed and a modern glass extension allows you to appreciate one the side of the building while protecting it from the elements and further decay. There are a lot of objects shown in a way that would appeal to children, hidden in a sort of lucky dip in -t-shirts. I would have preferred a guide to explain different aspects of what was there but the audio guide provided was good and easy to use.

Date of experience: August 2014
Thank Claire R
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