Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Opening times: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 12pm-4pm

Step into a different era and make yourself at home.

Mrs Smith was well known and well loved in Navenby where she lived until she was 102. Her cottage provides a rare insight into the life of a rural Lincolnshire community through an entire century. The contents and appearance have been preserved from when Hilda Smith last lived there in 1995. She knew all the local history, families and secrets and kept a diary every day. You can explore and reveal layers of a unique story.

"I used to do all the garden, She'd be watching out the window, Keppingan eye on me!"

This is not just a place to look back though. Hilda Smith was always interested in the future and what children had to say. The cottage and her life contain lessons that are invaluable to anyone today. Her principled existence, her determination and warmth are today lived out today through the work of this unique site.

The cottage holds special events, workshops and talks throughout the year, please visit their website for more details.

Opening hours

Opening Hours
Day Times
Monday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Weekends 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


  • Adults: £3.50
  • Children (5-15): £2.00
  • Under 5’s: free
  • Family of 2 adults and 3 children: £10.00

Please book through the Mrs Smith’s Cottage website

Disabled Access

Read our Accessibility Statement

Have you visited the cottage recently? We would love your feedback, so that we can make sure we are doing our best.
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Take inspiration from our @LinConservation wallpaper exhibition and join our lino printing workshop. Friday 5th August, 10am to 4pm, tickets are £23.
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We are officially launching the Sleaford Trump Cards!
Join us on Saturday 9th July at the @MuseumSleaford for activities, guided walk & be the first to get your hands on your own pack of the cards!
Make sure you book the guided walk & pre-order your cards for collection!

Join the facebook group to learn more about our toddler group!
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