Official Tourism Website for Carnforth, Lancashire, UK
Welcome to Carnforth...
- Where to Stay in Carnforth
- Attractions in and Around Carnforth
- Eating Out in Carnforth
- Visitor Information
Carnforth will forever be famous for being the film location for the David Lean's classic film 'Brief Encounter'. To find out more about the film, visit Carnforth Station Heritage Centre and discover the fascinating history of Carnforth - its contribution to the World Wars, its important railway history and its families and community.
Whilst you are there you can visit the wonderful recreation of the tea rooms seen in the film where their tasty food will offer a romantic taste of days gone by. The famous Carnforth station clock, made by Joyce of Whitchurch in the late 19th century, can still be seen above the platform and provides an excellent photo opportunity.
After your visit to the station, stroll through the compact but welcoming town centre which features high street shops and cafés, plus a well-established and popular bookshop offering new, classic, second hand and rare books. Welcoming pubs at the top of town offer traditional meals and a good range of drinks. A number of outdoor and camping shops offer equipment for walkers, cyclists, hikers, caravanners and canal boaters.
Not far from Carnforth town centre is Leighton Hall, ancestral home of the renowned furniture making family, the Gillows. Here you can tour the beautiful house and gardens, watch a birds of prey display, visit the children's play area and stop for refreshments in the cafe. Leighton Hall hosts car rallies, concerts, theatre shows and other events during the summer.
Carnforth makes an ideal base for a tour of the immediate area and a gateway to places further afield like Lancaster and the Lake District. Warton Crag, ideal for hiking, climbing and abseiling, is nearby, or explore the picturesque villages within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.