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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.

Whilst the current government advice is to only travel if your journey is essential, we will update this page as the situation changes. We will always provide official information on how to visit this attraction safely and responsibly by train.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: Ticket office is independently provided by Carnforth Connect on behalf of Lancashire County Council.
DayOpening Hours
Monday Tuesday Friday 06:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 06:00 - 13:30
Saturday 08:00 - 15:00
Sunday Closed
Closed
Ticket MachineUnavailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelUnstaffed
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
ShopsAvailable
PostboxUnavailable
TelephonesAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
ATMUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Departure screens
ToiletsUnavailable
ShowersUnavailable
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFiUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
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 pointsAvailable
CCTVAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorApcoa on Behalf of First TransPennine Express
Car parking spaces64
Carpark charges
Annual£475.00
Daily£4.00
Monthly£59.00
Per Hour£Short Stay: £1.50 up to 2 hours / £2.50 up to 4 hours
Three Monthly£157.00
Weekly£18.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces17
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVUnavailable
Cycle storage notes

South corner of the car park

Step-free accessWhole station
Ramps for train accessAvailable
WheelchairsUnavailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesUnavailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable

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.

Departures and arrivals from Carnforth

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Carnforth station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Manchester AirportNorthern10:381Scheduled
to Barrow-in-FurnessNorthern11:152Scheduled
to Manchester AirportNorthern12:291Scheduled
to Barrow-in-FurnessNorthern13:222Scheduled
to Manchester AirportNorthern14:371Scheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Barrow-in-FurnessNorthern10:381Scheduled
from Manchester PiccadillyNorthern11:152Scheduled
from Barrow-in-FurnessNorthern12:271Scheduled
from Manchester AirportNorthern13:222Scheduled
from Barrow-in-FurnessNorthern14:371Scheduled
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