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.



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





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 regularly host family-friendly events and exhibitions.


From Friday 24th May: ‘Uncovering Sleaford Castle’ Exhibition;

Explore the rich history of Sleaford Castle through the ages at the ‘Discover Sleaford Castle’ exhibition, featuring a virtual recreation of the Castle as well as fascinating discoveries from the recent archaeological digs.

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



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