Carnforth, an attractive market town

Carnforth is an attractive market town in north Lancashire, famous for its railway heritage. 

A Brief Encounter at Carnforth Station

Carnforth will forever be famous for being the film location for the David Lean’s classic film ‘Brief Encounter’.  To find out more, visit Carnforth Station and discover the fascinating Visitor Centre which charts the 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.

A Welcoming Town Centre

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. 

Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Go out, walk, cycle and discover one of Britain’s finest landscapes which is dominated by Warton Crag and encompasses picturesque towns and villages such as Arnside, Silverdale and Warton, each with their own distinctive character.

Canals and Countryside

The canal network links up Carnforth to many of the surrounding villages and glorious countryside making it ideal for your tourist on the towpath.

Explore the Coastline

You’ll love the Lancashire coast, which harbours a unique contrast of scenery, culture and experiences.

‘Stars and Stripes’

Warton Village has North American connections being the ancestral home of George Washington. The tower of the church was built by a Robert Washington in the 15thC and on the 4th July, Independence Day, each year, the ‘Stars and Stripes’ flag is flown!

Towns and Villages around Carnforth.

Once you have fallen in love with Carnforth’s charms there is plenty to see in the surrounding area such as Lancaster and the Lake District. Other unique and beautiful towns and villages located in the area include Over Kellet, Nether Kellet and Borwick. All of these villages offer something different, with inspiring views across the countryside and interesting historical backgrounds.