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Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

Type:Heritage / Visitor Centre

Warton Road, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9TR

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Tel: 01524 735 165

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Carnforth Station and Visitor Centre

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is the famous setting for David Lean's film `Brief Encounter`. This once significant railway station is situated at the junction between the main London-Glasgow line and the Carnforth-Leeds line, and the starting point of the Carnforth-Barrow-In-Furness line and a branch line to Morecambe.

The station has been lovingly restored and is now an award-winning Heritage Centre and unique conference venue.

The tea rooms have been restored to resemble the set used in 'Brief Encounter' and now serve refreshments daily, while the extensive heritage centre tells not only the story of the making of the film, but delves into the history and heritage of Carnforth, its workers and its families.

Admission is free; donations are welcome.

Open daily 10am - 4pm.

See www.carnforthstation.co.uk for a full list of events - talks, exhibitions, concerts, family-fun days, etc - taking place at the Heritage Centre throughout the year.


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Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

Daily 10 - 4pm (1 Jan 2019 - 30 Dec 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00*

* Refreshments room open daily 9am - 4pm

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Tuesday, 1st January 2019 - Tuesday, 31st December 2019

Sir David Lean CBE Exhibition at the Bateman GalleryThe Life and Works of Sir David Lean CBE is a new permanent exhibition in the Bateman Gallery at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre.
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  • Sub-Regional AwardsSmall Visitor Attraction of the Year Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2016
  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2015
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2017 - Small Visitor Attraction Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2017 - Small Visitor Attraction Award 2017
  • National AwardsUK Coach Awards 2018 - Bronze Award UK Coach Awards 2018 - Bronze Award 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Cultural Venue/Organisation Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Cultural Venue/Organisation Award 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Highly Commended 2018 - Visitor Experience Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Highly Commended 2018 - Visitor Experience Award 2018


Road Directions

Morecambe, Lancaster and the Lune Valley is located in Lancashire, in the Northwest of England. Exit the M6 Motorway at Junction 35 and follow signs for Carnforth.Turn right at the Town Centre traffic lights and head down hill to the Station carpark.Train or bus from Lancaster.

Public Transport Directions

The nearest train station is Carnforth which is at the site of the Brief Encounter Refreshments Rooms and Station Heritage Centre. Regular connections are available from Lancaster which is on the West Coast Mainline with regular mainline Virgin services to London & South and Glasgow & North. Local services include a regular service to Morecambe. For more information call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit nationalrail.co.uk. The nearest bus station is Lancaster which is less than a 5 minute walk from the central pedestrianised shopping areas of St Nicholas' Arcade and Marketgate. Local, regional and national services are available. For further information contact traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit traveline.org.uk.



  • Conference & Meeting Facilities
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Open All Year
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Establishment Features

  • Conference Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Access/Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • Coaches Welcome
  • Parking (charge)

Provider Preferences

  • Groups accepted
  • In town/city centre

Special Offers

  • VISIT card special offer at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre -


    Made famous by David Lean's romantic classic Brief Encounter, starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard in 1945, the award-winning visitor centre includes a faithful restoration of the refreshment room where Laura and Alec first met.

    Open daily 10 - 4pm

    Free entry.

    More offers like this - VISIT Card Special Offers



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