Getting to Carnforth Railway Centre by train is super easy – just hop on a train to Carnforth station, which is only a minute away. Frequent services operated by Transpennine Express and Northern Rail run between Carnforth and the main English cities, for example you can get from Lancaster to Carnforth in just 10 minutes, and from Manchester to Carnforth in about 1 hour and 24 minutes.
Opened in 2003 after an extensive restoration programme, the award-winning Carnforth Railway Centre is today housed in the beautifully restored historic buildings, and offers visitors a wide range of interesting exhibitions, attractions and facilities.
Visit Carnforth Railway Centre’s website for opening information.
|Monday Tuesday Friday||06:00 - 17:30|
|Wednesday||06:00 - 13:30|
|Saturday||08:00 - 15:00|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Staff Help notes|
Please Note: The ticket office is manned during the ticket office opening times but these staff are unable to provide any physical assistance to customers.
On train staff are available to assist customers to board and alight trains but cannot assist around the station.
|Customer help points||Available|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park|
|Carpark operator||Apcoa on Behalf of First TransPennine Express|
|Car parking spaces||64|
|Cycle storage spaces||17|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Unavailable|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Unavailable|
|Cycle storage notes|
South corner of the car park
|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Unavailable|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Available|
More about the Carnforth Railway Centre
The Carnforth Railway Centre is the famous setting for David Lean’s film ‘The Brief Encounter’. Head to the Brief Encounter Exhibition if you want to learn all about the film, including the famous Rachmaninov score, and enjoy it on the big screen while relaxing in original theatre seats.
Apart from the story of the making of the film, the heritage centre delves into the history and heritage of Carnforth itself, giving a detailed portrait of its workers and families in the 1940s.