Our award winning Heritage Centre is located within a working railway station, famously featured in the classic 1945 film ‘Brief Encounter’ directed by David Lean and starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard.
As you stand on Platform 1 with its vintage suitcases and railway posters, you can almost imagine the era when steam trains frequently passed through.
In 1945, David Lean stood with cameras running and film lights illuminating the winter nights, as he directed scenes for what is still considered to be one of the best British films of all time.
Step into the Heritage Centre and soak up the atmosphere of bygone times, a Victorian railway station in which is displayed a wealth of railway memorabilia.
Move into the 1940s and into life on the ‘Home Front’ during wartime Britain.
Watch ‘Brief Encounter’ in our vintage mini cinema complete with tip-up seats. Learn about the fascinating life of David Lean and the iconic films that he directed.
If you feel like a bit of retail therapy, we have a shop that will delight the eye and the purse!
The station was lovingly restored in 2003 after lying derelict for many years. It is now ‘staffed’ by volunteers who care passionately about the Heritage Centre and will welcome you warmly.
Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is a separate trading company set up under charity and company law. Carnforth Station Trust is a charity responsible for promoting the station and future policy making. Carnforth Station and Heritage Centre is responsible for the day to day running of the station and dealing with general public and fund raising. Profits made by the trading company are passed to the trust.
But don’t just take it from us, these are from our Trip Advisor reviews:
“I was left with a feeling of warmth and welcome that is hard to explain”.
“Wow, just Wow – What a fabulous place”
“Fantastic visit to a bygone time. What is not to enjoy…. a perfect visit to something you will not see anywhere else”.