Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

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Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre
4.5
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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2-3 hours
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Bev C
Tonbridge, UK104 contributions
What a fabulous find!
Aug 2021 • Friends
Informative, engaging volunteer staff. Fabulous’young’ ladies at the checkout who kept everyone entertained. Loved the cinema in the corner and a really interesting David Lean exhibition. Can’t believe it was free. Very accessible and disabled friendly. Very clean toilets.

Old retired railway men keen to have a chat and tell a story.

Coffee shop due to reopen in a couple of weeks which will be the icing on the cake.
Written 31 August 2021
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Stuart C
North Yorkshire, UK47 contributions
Thank you for bringing it all back to me...
Aug 2021
Well done you stalwart volunteers for keeping the exhibition open for us to enjoy. A lovely welcome, cheery conversation and a piece of nostalgia to take home. Such a shame you cannot get a cup of tea with the sugar in the spoon.
Written 20 August 2021
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myfunnybones
Edinburgh, UK631 contributions
No clock at the station!
Aug 2021 • Couples
This station was on my wish list to visit for a very long time and I finally managed to do so. Staff were friendly. Lots to see inside.
The opening hours are between 12 and 4pm.
There is a payable car park opposite the station.
If you are visiting because of the film be aware that the clock had been sent away for repairs.
Written 3 August 2021
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John O
Portsmouth, UK161 contributions
Open and Shut Case
Jul 2021
Too many attractions are slow to emerge from Covid. The Heritage Centre was closed mid -morning when I arrived and at the time of writing opens only 12-4 Mon-Fri which is, to say the least, unenterprising. Worse is that the (privately owned) refreshment room is closed 'until further notice'. This is really not good enough and leaves Carnforth station a toilet-free, joyless wasteland which, but for the historic buildings, is no better than the myriad bus shelter so-called stations which proliferate across the country.
Written 15 July 2021
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Kat H
16 contributions
A slice of 1940s nostalgia
Jun 2021 • Couples
The Centre is as delightful and charming as Brief Encounter itself. The volunteers are friendly and welcoming, the displays entertaining and informative, and the film telling the story of the station’s rescue from ruin and subsequent renovation nothing short of staggering. There are sections about Brief Encounter (naturally), David Lean, WWII, and railways - so certainly not a one-dimensional attraction. Oh and the toilets are spotless! Considering we spent an hour and a half looking round, unbelievably the whole thing is FREE! There’s a lovely little shop where, as well as buying a gift or two, you can give a donation by credit card if you don’t have any cash to put in the collection box. Please do donate: it’s definitely worth it!
Written 14 July 2021
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Gillian F
Edinburgh, UK110 contributions
More than just about railways
Jul 2021 • Couples
This was a well organised exhibition with a one way system. Really interesting on movies and the railway. Lots of rooms to wander around and experience
Written 4 July 2021
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RopentaStones
St Helens, UK1 834 contributions
Surprisingly Awesome
Oct 2020
Having never seen Brief Encounter and only having heard about the station and the film, we really didn't know what to expect when we stopped off here on our way home from Arnside. What we got was an older looking station with modern signage, an old clock and an underused feel to it. I don't think this station has ever been a busy one but the movie location from 70 years previous is still prevalent.
So we did the tour which I believe is run by volunteers and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the fact we knew nothing about the movie beforehand was a good thing because we read and enjoyed it all unbiased. Staff were lovely and informative and we enjoyed it. So much so, when we arrived home shattered we put the movie on...and wow, what an awesome movie. Anyone that says they didn't enjoy it like a couple of people on here have, are not of this planet. The storyline is a simple love affair which could be as relevant now as it was then. Brilliant movie and so glad we visited here for it to enlighten us to it.
Highly recommended and a lovely bit at the start about the great Sir David Lean.
Written 4 November 2020
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tilaam
Northampton, UK29 contributions
brief visit
Oct 2020
Interesting station on its own as had a sort of faded glory of somewhere that was once much busier and vital,the heritage centre was informative on works of David lean and of the railways in area and well worth visit.the only downside was the shop where the 3 ladies volunteering in there were not social distancing and being a small area felt couldn't linger.
Shame the clock was away for repairs but can't have everything
Written 14 October 2020
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LincsHappytraveller
Saxilby, UK71 contributions
An interesting, informative exhibition.
Sep 2020 • Couples
This is a great exhibition which currently has a whole section set aside for director David Lean and his works including Brief Encounter part of which was filmed at Carnforth Station. It was very interesting with lots of information on both the director and his films.

There are sections on David Lean and his films, the Second World War and trains - and it's all free!

The site is all on one level so great for those who have trouble with steps although visitors must go down/up ramps to get to the exhibition.

Staff are very welcoming and show pride in their exhibition.

Downsides - there is plenty of parking at the station (a cash only machine) and its £4 which is a bit steep for a visit to the museum. There is plenty of off street parking close by though. Sadly the car park is privately owned so nothing the heritage centre can do about this.

Also at present the cafe made famous by Brief Encounter is currently closed.

Having said that this is a great place to spend an hour or so on a wet day.
Written 30 September 2020
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Patricia S
57 contributions
Carnforth Heritage Centre
Aug 2020 • Friends
If you are a fan of Brief Encounter then this is the place for you. If you love railways this is a place for you. As I am neither of these, I was very underwhelmed. I did enjoy reading details about the Director David Lean and the exhibits on display.
Written 30 August 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

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