Navigation House

This original canal company office, built in 1838, is now an impressive, refurbished grade two listed building that stands in the old public wharf area, now known as Navigation Yard. The building, thought to be the only one of its kind still in existence, has a heritage theme covering the early development of the new River Slea and portrays the story of the Navigation and its significant impact on Sleaford’s history. 

The charming retail space stocks gift items as well as items handmade by local producers. Please click here for more information about our Pop Up Stand scheme, and see who we currently stock.

There are interactive exhibits, displays and film footage providing interest for all ages. Adjacent to the National Centre for Craft and Design for refreshments and toilet facilities. Group and school visits welcome by prior arrangement.


Sleaford Museum Trust

Sleaford Museum have an exhibition space based in Navigation House; the current exhibition is about Charles Sharpe and the seed industry. Come along and learn some fascinating facts about the town, and don’t forget to visit Sleaford Museum while you’re here!


Upcoming Events at Navigation House

Macmillan Coffee Morning - Friday 27th September

More of an afternoon than a morning, but come along between 12pm and 4pm to join us for some delicious cake and raise some money for this great cause.

Halloween - Thursday 31st October

Come and explore this spooky old building between 5.30pm and 7pm - there will be story telling, face painting and a free toffee apple for anyone who comes in fancy dress!

Sleaford Christmas Market - Sunday 1st December

We’ll be feeling all festive at Navigation House, with our Pop-Up Stand suppliers setting up some lovely gift stalls. Come along and browse for that perfect handmade gift.

New Year’s Day history walk - Wednesday 1st January

Join local historian Simon Pawley for his walk from Navigation House to Cogglesford Watermill, and start your new year learning some interesting facts about the town! No need to book, just arrive at Navigation House for 10.30am. 


Opening Times

Open: All year.
1 Apr to 31 Oct Monday to Friday 12 to 4pm.
Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 4.30pm.
Bank Holidays 11am to 4pm.
1 Nov to 31 Mar: Saturdays and Sundays 12 to 4pm.



Assistance dogs welcome on site.

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Navigation Wharf
Carre Street
NG34 7TW

Disabled Access

Please click here for our Accessibility Statement


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