Venue hire at Dragon Hall

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. Blending historic detail with sleek contemporary touches, it’s the perfect creative canvas for weddings, parties and important events that seek to do things a little differently.

The soaring oak-beamed Great Hall, paired with the contemporary glass wall of the Foyle Gallery, offers a stunning setting for your event, and the specially designed white flower border in our garden forms an elegant backdrop for photographs.

Dragon Hall is a stone’s throw from the city centre marketplace, and is very easily accessible by public transport, with several public carparks nearby.

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Dragon Hall was the perfect venue for us. We fell in love with the beauty of the building and the history in the beams, and our guests absolutely loved it too. The staff were lovely and helpful throughout the planning process and on the day itself. Everyone had a magical time.

Alex & Lydia

Make history

Dragon Hall is fully licensed for weddings and civil partnerships making it the perfect all-in-one venue for your special day. We are also happy to host just your reception and evening party.


You will have exclusive use of the stunning Great Hall for ceremonies and dining; the beautifully light glass gallery for drinks and dancing; and the courtyard and garden with the beautiful white border flower bed – a lovely spot for drinks and canapes, particularly in the evening sun.

We can host 90 seated dining guests, and up to 120 guests for your reception.

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Full wedding package

Our full wedding package gives you the time and flexibility to relax and enjoy your special day in the most beautiful venue in central Norwich. It includes:

  • Exclusive use of the Great Hall, Foyle Gallery and courtyard garden
  • Access to the venue across three days (Friday – Sunday), so you have plenty of time to set up and add your personal finishing touches
  • An Events Manager as your dedicated point of contact leading up to, and during, your special day
  • Venue management and door support
  • Use of a kitchen and an approved list of caterers
  • A specially curated book bundle from the National Centre for Writing
  • Full disabled access and a hearing loop in the Great Hall
  • Use of all audio-visual equipment

All funds raised through weddings, parties and corporate hires at Dragon Hall feed directly back into the National Centre for Writing’s charitable work and the upkeep of Dragon Hall.

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Your staff were helpful, pleasant and approachable. Many of our guests were over awed by the setting which made it rather special. A fantastic venue we would certainly recommend it to anyone.

John Allen

Party like it’s 1430

Dragon Hall is an ideal venue for evening events, birthdays, celebrations, and casual corporate mingling.

Celebrate your special occasion and forget the outside world! We are delighted to host all kinds of celebrations, birthdays, and special events at Dragon Hall. Host a fabulous dinner in the Great Hall, hire the contemporary Foyle Gallery for drinks and dancing, or relax outside in our traditional medieval courtyard and garden.

Get in touch with our events team today to discuss your next event. Email [email protected] or call 01603 877177.

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Business unusual

Dragon Hall has four versatile spaces on offer for all manner of corporate events — from large conferences to smaller workshops, or casual drinks receptions.

We provide a flexible pricing structure of full or half day delegate packages and hourly rates, and can adapt rooms for 10 -120 guests.

Our regular clients include Aviva, Flagship Housing, Norfolk County Council, Norwich City Council, University of East Anglia, and more.

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Dragon Hall was the perfect venue for our civil partnership. A beautiful historical building, it is at the same time modern and accessible, but retains its history, charm and sense of occasion.

Jan Robertson

Food & drink

To ensure you are served with the finest quality food and drink at your special event, we work with an exclusive list of caterers and suppliers. They are businesses with whom we have a longstanding working relationship; who know our kitchen and our historic building very well; and who have provided excellent quality and reliability to our guests time and time again.

From fine dining to street food, we invite you to explore the list and choose a caterer that is right for you and your event. Our caterers can cost in linens, tableware, crockery, cutlery and equipment into your quotation, and also include all venue costs in your quote, so there are no hidden extras – please just be sure to state Dragon Hall as your venue at point of enquiry.

Once you have decided on your menu and booked directly with your caterer, we will liaise with your choice to ensure a smooth, seamless event.

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Contact us

If you would like to visit Dragon Hall to tour the building and discuss your wedding plans, please send us an email via the form below. Alternatively you can call 01603 877177 with any enquiry.

Please note our office hours are between 09am – 12noon and 2 – 5pm, Monday to Friday, for queries by telephone.

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Visit us

You can find Dragon Hall, home to the National Centre for Writing, at 115-123 King St, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1QE.

We are a short five-minute walk from Norwich train station – cut through Riverside and over the bridge. The nearest car park is Rouen Road Car Park, NR1 1QU or Rose Lane Car Park, Mountergate, NR1 1PY. There is no parking available on site, although blue badge holders can park directly on King St.

Please book an appointment with our hires team in advance.

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Dragon Hall is largely wheelchair accessible and is equipped with two raising platform lifts providing access at all levels on both sides of the building.

There are disabled access toilets located on the second floor north side (by the Great Hall), the first floor north side (by the St Ann’s Lane entrance) as well as on the south side (by the sliding door entrance.)

The venue is equipped with hearing loop facilities in the Great Hall, the Norwich Freemen’s Education room and at the reception desk.

Parking for disabled badge holders is available on King St.

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History of Dragon Hall

There have been buildings on the Dragon Hall site for more than a thousand years. The building 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, is 26 metres long, used more than 500 large oak timbers, was decorated with 15 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.

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