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 at [email protected].

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


‘Life on the Land’ Exhibition

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.


Free Health Clinic – Monday 7th November

North Kesteven District Council will be hosting a health clinic with us at Navigation House on Monday 7th November 10am-2pm.

Stop by or make an appointment today to get lots of useful advice!

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

Please note – the venue will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.



Assistance dogs welcome on site.

Disabled Access

Read our Accessibility Statement

VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction

Do you know the vessel used most frequently to transport goods along the Slea Navigation was the Humber Keel? They were very similar to the Norfolk Wherry and were able to cope with small inland waterways as well as larger bodies of water. @heartoflincs @Visit_Lincs #museums

Its English Tourism Week 17th - 26th March, why not pop in and play the Slea Navigation Game and find out more about the River Slea? @heartoflincs @Visit_Lincs @VisitEngland

Have you seen the Sleaford and Villages Trump Cards? We are no. 24 of 62, they are available to purchase locally. @heartoflincs @MuseumSleaford @hubsleaford @Visit_Lincs @Cogglesford

This is the traditional dress for "boat people" in the 1800's, we have a range of costumes for the children to try [email protected] #sleaford @Cogglesford #free

Looking for something interesting to do today? Visit @Cogglesford and discover more about this beautiful historic site! Combine your visit with a trip to @NavigationHouse for more of #Sleaford’s rich heritage and get a sense of what life was like in a simpler time.
Both #FREE!

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