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Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Quick coffee and visit

Had a look around and a coffee whilst waiting for the train to Lancaster. Very interesting... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Newburgh, United Kingdom
a MUST VISIT if you are in trhe localicty

Visited about 5 years ago, and even thought we had stayed at the Centre for a long time previously... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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Carnforth Station Warton Road, Carnforth LA5 9TR, England
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 13 November 2009

"Brief Encounter" is the name given to the Station Cafe and Railway Museum on Carnforth Station, taking its name from the 1940's 2nd World War Film which was mainly filmed at the Station. The Museum is well worth a visit and is free ( as...More

6  Thank ashurstdave
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 5 July 2014

I write this honest review as a critical friend. We deliberately visited Carnforth station by rail from Grange over Sands as this seemed preferable to arriving by car. Carnforth is a busy working station which is clearly lacking investment in its infrastructure by the owners,...More

3  Thank RayLiverpool
CentreManagerCSHC, Manager at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

Unfortunately, it seems you did not enjoy your time at Carnforth Station and whilst your comments have been noted, I think it only fair to make some comment of our own for future readers of your 'critique' The Heritage Centre along with all the other...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Had a look around and a coffee whilst waiting for the train to Lancaster. Very interesting especially with the connection to 'Brief Encounter'.

Thank BernieD610
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited about 5 years ago, and even thought we had stayed at the Centre for a long time previously decided to re-visit. A great place with enthusiastic and helpful staff. Plan to stay for a few hours - at least.

Thank SteveMGTC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst in the area for a short break we decided to go to see what all the talk was about! Having visited this wonderful site we now know why. The station is easily found with ample parking spaces and close to bus stops. Whilst the...More

Thank ktbarker39
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are spending a week in Carnforth and have visited this venue twice in the last two days with two sets of friends. Although small, an hour spent looking around the exhibits is rewarding as there is an array of railway, social and film memorabilia...More

Thank whetstoneview
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to Carnforth Heritage Centre should be on everyone's 'Must Do' list. This volunteer-run centre offers so much. Occupying the middle platforms of a busy mainline and branch line station ( sadly no stopping mainline trains any more - they thunder passed at break-neck...More

Thank TythebarnHouse
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must visit destination for train and film buffs as this is the station featured in the film Brief Encounter with Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, rated as one of the all time great romantic films. Really well worth a visit and free but donations...More

Thank nadia021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic place. Its tucked away on the Barrow line platforms but this place is fantastic. Obviously the connection to brief encounter is the pull...and there is a great exhibition of how the film was made with great storyboards etc. Its really impressive. But...More

1  Thank GarryW496
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Go early, there is a car park, leave time to bro use the exhibits, watch the films, a great place for film enthusiasts and train buffs too.

Thank georgiegirl1_11
Reviewed 13 October 2018

This is a wonderfull museum locted on the central platform of the station. It is staffed by volunteers and there is no admission charge. The place is run purely on visitors donations

Thank Barry W
Reviewed 6 October 2018

If you're a Brief Encounter fan you simply must visit the station...it's like stepping back into the film when you go into the refreshment room with its excellent coffee and cakes (especially the lemon sponge) and the guy who runs it is very entertaining. Lots...More

Thank martinballhome
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Diane A
17 August 2018|
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Response from forever-ill | Reviewed this property |
Both are separate, but I'd check their website for details, and also agree with previous post about how the staff are really friendly and knowledgeable.
19 September 2016|
Response from Dave L | Reviewed this property |
Its all free
Keith B
22 August 2016|
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Response from John C | Reviewed this property |
Also the film Brief Encounter is continually showing at the heritage centre so it would require extra time should you wish to watch this!