About: Strangers’ Hall

Strangers’ Hall is a medieval merchant’s house and wonderful example of the evolution of merchant housing over the centuries. Set back from  a busy street in its own well- appointed courtyard is a magnificent flint dwelling once lived in by the great and good of the wealthy city of Norwich.

It has a 14th century undercroft, a Tudor great hall and 17th century parlour and bed-chambers.  After having served as a residence for circuit judges in the 18th century and Roman Catholic priests in the 19th, Strangers’ Hall was first opened as a museum of domestic life in 1900.  It is displayed as a series of period rooms with original furniture and furnishings, allowing the visitor a sense of ‘stepping back in time’.  Several of the atmospheric panelled rooms showcase examples of the Norwich Textile industry. The later displays include the Victorian parlour, dining room and nursery and toy room.

Strangers’ Hall has rich and varied collections which include household equipment, musical instruments, toys, games and childrens’ books. Tucked away at the back of the property is a tranquil garden which features a 17th century-style knot design with box and lavender hedging, flower and herb bed, and fruit trees.

Opening Arrangements

Low season: Weds 10 am – 4 pm  and Sunday 1 – 4.30 pm

15th Feb 2017 – 28th May 2017

27th Sept 2017 – 20th December 2017

High Season: Weds, Thurs, Friday 10 am – 4 pm  and Sunday 1 – 4.30 pm

31st May 2017 – 24th Sept 2017

Access & Facilities

Visitors with disabilities may bring one companion in free. The museum has steps to the front door and numerous steps and changes of level. It is not accessible to wheelchair users. Assistance dogs are welcome. A presentation giving a virtual tour of the museum is available at ground floor level in the schoolroom. We suggest you telephone (01603) 667229 to check availability as this room is also used for visiting school groups.

The museum has the following facilities:  toilets, garden, limited refreshments, small sales area.

Contact Us

Address:       Strangers’ Hall Museum, 4 Charing Cross, Norwich, NR2 4AL

Email :             museums@norfolk.gov.ukPrint

Telephone:     01603 667229