Based on designs by renowned architect William Tite, Carnforth train station in Lancashire first opened in 1846. Lovingly restored by 2003, the station buildings are now home to an award-winning Heritage Centre and Brief Encounter Refreshment Room, a tribute to one of the most romantic films of all time, the 1945 film Brief Encounter, which was filmed at the station. The Refreshment Room is a wonderful spot to wait for a train, as is The Snug, a micropub attached to the station. In the 1930s six platforms were added to the station, but now only two remain, sending out regular Northern Line trains to Lancaster, Barrow-in-Furness and Leeds, with services to the latter taking just under two hours.
For those staying in the town, a flurry of independent shops awaits on Market Street immediately in front of the station, but the green and pleasant lands of Lancashire are the main attraction with Leighton Moss RSPB Nature Reserve and Leighton Hall just a few miles away.