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Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre, Carnforth Station, Warton Road, Carnforth, Lancashire LA5 9TR

Tel: 01524 735165  Fax: 01524 735910

Gift Shop Tel: 01524 735894

The award-winning Heritage Centre opened in October 2003 after an extensive restoration programme, and is located within a busy working railway station.

The Visitor Centre is housed in the beautifully-restored historic buildings, and offers the visitor a wealth of attractions, facilities and a fascinating range of exhibitions.

The“ Brief Encounter” exhibition is dedicated to the classic 1945 David Lean film, the actors and the film’s famous connection with Carnforth Station.

We encourage our younger visitors to come play in our new Thomas the Tank Engine Playroom.

The Albert Halton Room commemorates Carnforth’s contribution to the First and Second World Wars. There are also a number of other exhibitions which explore the social history of Carnforth residents as well as the railway itself.

Enjoy a snack or a light bite as you soak up the atmosphere in the unique surroundings of the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room, which has been faithfully restored to resemble the set used in the film where Laura and Alec first met. The Refreshment Room can also be hired for private functions. Please telephone 01524 732432 for further details.

Every couple of months, we host a new exhibition at the Bateman Gallery.  A regular programme of events and activities also takes place at the Heritage Centre. Further details can be found on our Events page.

Take a browse in the Gift Shop and specialist outlets where you can purchase a souvenir of your visit.

The excellent facilities at the Heritage Centre offers a unique venue for all occasions from conferences and exhibitions, to wedding receptions and public events.

Your visit would not be complete without seeing the famous Carnforth Station clock made by Joyce of Whitchurch in the late 19th century, which featured in Brief Encounter.

Coach parties and Group visits are most welcome, although advance notification would be appreciated. Please contact the Heritage Centre manager on 01524 735165.

The Heritage Centre is all on one level, and is totally wheelchair accessible.

The Heritage Centre is open daily 10am–4pm.  Admission is Free during normal opening hours, although donations towards the upkeep are always appreciated.