The 15th-century Dragon Hall – home to the National Centre for Writing – is a magnificent timbered trading hall and courtyard garden located in the heart of Norwich, easily accessible from city centre hotels and the train station. The soaring oak-beamed Great Hall paired with the contemporary glass wall of the Foyle Gallery offer a stunning setting for your wedding day, and the specially designed white flower border in our garden forms an elegant backdrop for photographs at the height of summer.
There have been buildings on this site for more than a thousand years. Archaeological research shows us that it was home to Saxon huts, a medieval open hall house built in 1330 and Tudor town houses - evidence of which can still be seen today. The Great Hall itself is a rare example of a medieval merchant’s trading complex, built in about 1430 by a merchant, Robert Toppes. Its centrepiece, the magnificent first-floor trading hall originally used more than 500 large oak timbers, was decorated with 15 carved dragons of Baltic oak and has a fine crown post roof. Its survival gives us the opportunity to appreciate the skills of the 15th-century timber craftsmen. You can find out more about the rich history of Dragon Hall by visiting www.dragonhallnorwich.org.uk/ After a significant period of building work and renovation, Dragon Hall reopened in 2018 as the home of the National Centre for Writing. It is a place of discovery, exchange, ideas and learning for writers, literary translators, readers and everyone who loves words and the stories woven from them. To find out more about our charitable work, visit nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk
Dragon Hall is fully licensed for weddings and civil partnerships.
As the awe-inspiring centrepiece of the building, the Great Hall is the ideal setting for ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. The space is open, with a huge amount of natural daylight, and each wall, window and post radiates history – from the single-remaining carved dragon and the witches’ marks to the remaining flakes of Victorian wallpaper. It is a stunning blank canvas which you can furnish to your own taste.
Downstairs, the glass Foyle Gallery is the perfect place for post-ceremony drinks or for the dancefloor at night. It overlooks an immaculately-designed garden which makes a beautiful backdrop for photos in both summer and winter.
If you would like to know more about Dragon Hall as a venue, please contact us on 0203 441 1812, 01603 757658 or email us today
Dragon Hall was the perfect space to host our wedding reception; celebrating with friends and family in one of Norwich's most historic venues was a real treat and made the day even more memorable.
Mr and Mrs Markham-Uden