Navigation House

Opening times: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am-2pm

Navigation House - outside

This original canal company office, built in 1838, is now an impressive, refurbished Grade II 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, the story of the Navigation and its significant impact on Sleaford’s history.


Interactive exhibits, displays and film footage make a lovely visit for all ages – you can even pick up some duck food and continue your experience along the riverside to Cogglesford Watermill.

Our knowledgeable staff will help you discover the area – collect some free leaflets and local information here, including the monthly Towpath.



The charming retail space stocks gift items as well as items handmade by local crafters.

If you would like to discuss selling your items in Navigation House please email us.

Events & Exhibitions

Navigation House - front door

Have you ever wondered what was behind that grand front door?

Click the button below for a peek inside Navigation House, and learn some facts about local history and the impact of the Slea Navigation!

Virtual Tour Virtual Tour

Currently we’re displaying ‘Life on the Land’ – a pop-up exhibition on loan from Mrs Smith’s Cottage exploring the history of Lincolnshire farming from the perspective of those who have lived it.

Group Visits

Group visits are welcomed by prior arrangement, and charges are bespoke to your visit. 

Please contact [email protected] or call 01529 305904 to request a booking form or discuss your visit.

School Visits

Navigation House is brimming with information about the local area, the Slea Navigation and the historical importance of the town and its connections.

As well as bringing a school group to us for an engaging visit, we’ve also created a loans box for use in the classroom or local learning group.

To discuss borrowing our box or to arrange an education visit at a bespoke price, please contact [email protected] or call 01529 305904 .

Navigation House - outside

Opening hours

Opening Hours
Day Times
Monday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Weekends 10:00 am - 2:00 pm



Assistance dogs welcome on site.

Disabled Access

Read our Accessibility Statement

VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction

Do you have some time to spare and would like to meet new people and gain cash handling & retail experience? We currently have spaces on our volunteer team to help in our lovely gift shop - contact us to find out more! @heartoflincs #volunteering @VCSLincs @NorthKestevenDC

We have had some fantastic visitor feedback lately, thank you! If you have visited us and want to let us know what you think please give us a review on trip advisor or let us know via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. #reviews #feedback #improving #progress #museum #freemuseum

If you’re planning to visit us today, put some time by to explore the beautiful riverside walk into #Sleaford - have a wander round the beautiful nature reserves close by, and pop into @NavigationHouse and @hubsleaford! 🌱 @heartoflincs

We have received a delivery of July's TowPath Talk, pop along and collect your free copy @heartoflincs #Sleaford @SleafordNaviga1 @Cogglesford #waterways

Wishing all of the wonderful service men and women a happy #ArmedForcesDay Thank you for all that you do! #saluteourforces

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