Please note that our Family Swim sessions are designed for adults and children (under 16 years) to come along and swim together.

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The Conservative Party politician Cecil Parkinson was born in Carnforth in 1931 and became Baron Parkinson, of Carnforth in 1992.

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The ancestral home of the world-renowned Gillow furniture family, Leighton Hall is still lived in today and is no stuffy museum – there aren’t any roped off areas here! Our friendly and enthusiastic guides will be happy to share with you the magic of Leighton Hall’s colourful heritage and unique "personality" either at a regular day visit or during one of our special themed events throughout the season.

And if you fancy seeing where the BBC’s 2014 series of Autumnwatch was filmed, Leighton Moss RSPB Nature Reserve is just a few miles away, proving that Carnforth and the surrounding district continue to be a star attraction.

An important motive power depot was located to the west of the WCML and was one of the last to retain an allocation of steam locomotives until mid-1968. The buildings are now occupied by the West Coast Railway Company[4] who still maintain and overhaul steam locos in their premises. The concrete locomotive coaling tower is a rare survivor.

Due to the closeness of the coast and the hills, Carnforth is a popular base for walkers and cyclists exploring the area. The River Keer, the West Coast Main Line (WCML), the A6 and the Lancaster Canal pass through the town. The M6 motorway passes just to the east, linked to Carnforth by the A601(M).

Carnforth is a small town and civil parish near Lancaster in the north of Lancashire, England, situated at the north east end of Morecambe Bay. The parish of Carnforth had a population of 5,350 recorded in the 2001 census,[1] and forms part of the City of Lancaster. The 2011 Census measured a population of 5,560.[2]

Just a short stroll away in this compact town full of independent shops, is Carnforth Bookshop, which stocks more than 100,000 secondhand and antiquarian books plus a selection of new books, gifts  and toys.

Our Monday Adult Swimming session, 11am - 12pm will re-commence on Monday 12th September - hope to see you there!

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The owners reserve the right to close or restrict access to Leighton Hall and its grounds for special events or at any other time without prior notice.

There must be adults and children in your party in order for you to swim during these sessions. 

Ticket office is independently provided by Carnforth Connect on behalf of Lancashire County Council.

From the 1920s to the 1980s Morphy's Mill, in Oxford Street, was a major employer of women in Carnforth. Contrary to its name it was not a mill but a factory making blouses and other garments.[5][6]

1st May - 30th Sept, 2 - 5pm Tuesday - Friday (also Bank Holiday Sunday & Monday) Open on Sundays in August

Open May – Sept for casual visitors. Pre booked groups of 25 or more are welcome all year round.

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Romance is right on track when you embark on a journey to Carnforth.

Carnforth railway station clock and ramp from subway under platforms

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In 1945, Carnforth railway station was used as a set for the David Lean film Brief Encounter, starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. Fans of this film were one of the major factors in the recent refurbishment of the railway station, including construction of a refreshment room to match the studio set used in the film, which is now run by the Carnforth Station Trust.[7][8]

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The town has a popular rugby club Carnforth RUFC and football team Carnforth Rangers.

Our beautiful historic home is a genuinely stunning location for exclusive and luxurious wedding ceremonies, memorable corporate events and fully hosted group activities for schools and local societies. Attractive gardens, amazing rolling parkland and, of course, the spectacularly impressive hall itself, make it great for family visits as well as a dramatic setting for film and TV shoots.

Carnforth railway station refreshment room - scene for much of the film

The name "Carnforth" is thought to derive from its old function as a ford of the River Keer on which it is situated. Over time the descriptive name "Keer-ford" may have morphed into the modern "Carnforth". An alternative explanation is that the name derives from 'Chreneforde' and is Anglo-Saxon in origin, as cited in the Victoria County History of Lancashire.


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward is smaller than the parish with a total population of 4,439.[9]

Carnforth's weekly timetable includes casual swimming and a range of sessions, including over 50s swimming, children's fun sessions and weekly Aqua Fit classes. Children's swimming lessons from Beginners to Advanced are available throughout the week.

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If outdoor pursuits are more your style, visit Warton Crag which overlooks Carnforth and is ideal for hiking, climbing and abseiling. The village of Warton, the ancestral home of America’s first President, George Washington, is well worth discovering too. Also nearby is the canal network which links Carnforth to many of the surrounding villages and beautiful countryside.

Admission includes House Tour, access to gardens and parklands and birds of prey display (Weather permitting)

There is also a small public library within the town.

Children under the age of eight years MUST be accompanied at all times in the water by a responsible person of at least 16 years of age.

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