Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre
4.5
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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  • gilpyn
    4 contributions
    Missed taking a train ride
    Great bit of old movie nostalgia, Scenes of Brief Encounter were filmed at the station platform cafe. The Station Heratidge Centre is well worth a visit. We would liked to have taken the train along the coastal track to Whitehaven but sadly along with others we saw struggling with the parking payment system we gave up. I estimate that Northern Rail probably lost a considerable lot of revenue during our time at the station. We eventually parked in a nearby supermarket carpark for two hours without charge. We had made the train ride to Whitehaven several years ago when parking payment system was easier. Carnforth area is beautiful country side and close to The Lakes.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 2023
  • Sue J
    42 contributions
    Don't miss the opportunity to visit Carnforth Heritage Centre
    Wonderful Surprise! We got off at the wrong station (the train doors didn't open at the stop we wanted!) but ending up at Carnforth was a wonderful surprise. I had no idea that many scenes from the 1945 film Brief Encounter were shot here. The Heritage Centre was fabulous and the staff absolutely lovely. It was also good to visit the tea room.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Jo P
    Brough, United Kingdom435 contributions
    Good for a Quick Visit
    Visited on a rainy day when passing through. Actually quite interesting. Free to visit and can donate. Cafe/bar next door served good homemade cakes which was also a bonus.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
  • christine g
    76 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    What a lovely little place! Very friendly staff. Parking right outside. Spotlessly clean throughout. Excellent cafe serving the best coffee ideas in a long time. Great exhibitions.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 October 2023
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christine g
Southport76 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
What a lovely little place! Very friendly staff. Parking right outside. Spotlessly clean throughout. Excellent cafe serving the best coffee ideas in a long time. Great exhibitions.
Written 27 October 2023
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Jo P
Brough, UK435 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Visited on a rainy day when passing through. Actually quite interesting. Free to visit and can donate.
Cafe/bar next door served good homemade cakes which was also a bonus.
Written 9 October 2023
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Andrew C
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Family
What a fantastic place to visit. Not only for it's association with "Brief Encounter", but it's war time collection and railway memorabilia are superb. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff are always ready to help.
Written 1 October 2023
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Catherine C
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Interesting place. The Brief Encounter tea room was quite authentic. The staff were Friendly.
Definitely worth a visit.
Written 26 September 2023
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Emma H
2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Disappointing. Had been looking forward to seeing the iconic clock but when we went to visit it was not there. Exterior area was depressing to look at. Parking outside the place is owned separately but discriminates against anyone wanting to pay for their parking using cash (you have to use a smartphone or pay over the phone). The staff didn't greet us or interact with us in any way while we were visiting the centre which was, again, disappointing. Would love to see it restored someday and the clock returned.
Written 31 August 2023
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Dave B
Manchester, UK556 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Excellent experience, we went on the off chance was not disappointed, had a lovely lunch in the cafe, staff so friendly and helpful, went to the experience, supporting staff very helpful and knowledgeable
Written 21 August 2023
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Sue J
Pershore, UK42 contributions
Jul 2023
Wonderful Surprise!

We got off at the wrong station (the train doors didn't open at the stop we wanted!) but ending up at Carnforth was a wonderful surprise. I had no idea that many scenes from the 1945 film Brief Encounter were shot here. The Heritage Centre was fabulous and the staff absolutely lovely. It was also good to visit the tea room.
Written 30 July 2023
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Julie G
5 contributions
Feb 2023
Nice staff
Interesting place ties in with the film
Good food, catered for food sensitivities , but they cook is soya !
Written 5 July 2023
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Jennifer, UK
53 contributions
Jun 2023
Carnforth is a lovely place and a go-to for train enthusiasts. It would have been awful to see this station close, so the heritage centre has made all the difference. Lots of info about Brief Encounter and plenty of railway artefacts. Surely a must-see for anyone visiting this Lancastrian market town. Excellent service in the gift shop and refreshment room - superb food as well.
Written 29 June 2023
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Adam P
London, UK18 contributions
May 2023
Really loved our visit here. The Station Heritage Centre is well worth a visit and run by very friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. Rail enthusiasts will love it and if you're a fan of David Lean's classic film 'Brief Encounter', there's plenty to enjoy. Taking the train to Grange-over-Sands was also a highlight, just 15 mins there and back.

The cafe is also lovely and suitably historic.

Well worth a visit. Just be aware the parking payment is a bit fiddly so be prepared to pay online via your phone. Unfortunately they don't seem to have any more traditional ticket machines. This is a Northern Rail thing though obviously and no reflection on the Heritage Centre.
Written 3 June 2023
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CARNFORTH STATION HERITAGE CENTRE: Tickets, Tours & Tips (with Photos)

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Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is open:
  • Mon - Fri 12:00 - 16:00