Carnforth Station
Carnforth Station & Visitor Centre Heritage Centre

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.

Brief Encounter Refreshment Room Age of Steam Galleries The Bateman Gallery Furnace & Midland Hall The Joyce Clock

Room Hire


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

The Heritage 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.

The Age of Steam galleries house our ever growing  collection of railway memorabilia and artefacts relating to the bygone days of ‘Steam’.

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

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.

The Bateman Gallery is the new home for the David Lean ‘Life and Works’ Exhibition.We have the full support of the David Lean Foundation and are delighted to have the first exhibition of its kind dedicated to the great Film Director.

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

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

Heritage Centre Carnforth Station Visitor Centre Gift Shop Thomas The Tank Engine Room