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A traditional English hotel on the edge of the Lake District National Park

Welcome to the Royal Station Hotel, Carnforth

The Royal Station Hotel is situated in the heart of the small market town of Carnforth, overlooking the historic railway station, made famous as the setting for the 1945 classic Noël Coward film, ‘Brief Encounter’.

With the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales, the Trough of Bowland, the ancient city of Lancaster and Morecambe Bay all on the doorstep, the Royal Station is the perfect place to stay if you’re planning to explore this beautiful corner of England.

This fine old building was established in 1880 as Carnforth Station steamed into local history. Together with the expansion of Carnforth Junction came the need to provide accommodation for overnight passengers travelling countrywide. The original gaze of the hotel, the curved front door, was fixed onto the emerging station. The town thrived as the railway transported increased business into the local community. The Station Hotel provided a faithful haven for the accompanying travellers. Local historians record that it was considered one of the finest hotels in the North West. Indeed in 1900, it became the ‘Royal’ Station Hotel in recognition of the fact that the Duke of York, later to beco

me George V, availed himself of the hotel’s hospitality during a shooting trip. The building hauntingly retains many of its original features. On the first floor is Victoria Hall with its high, vaulted ceiling. Not only has it provided the venue for countless weddings and local celebrations, it is also the site of the first cinema in Carnforth. Later, the popular Roxy Picture House was housed opposite, in what is now the local Co-op building. Like the town and the railway, the hotel has flourished and faded but has continued to open its doors to us all for over a century. Like the town and the railway it has found a new beginning, a new future. One that offers another generation of visitors an encounter that need never be brief.



Welcoming Rooms

Each of our thirteen en-suite rooms has been designed for comfort, offering spacious, well-appointed accommodation.

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Delicious Food

Enjoy a variety of delicious home-cooked seasonal dishes, prepared using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.


Lively Bar

Spend an evening in the ‘Carnforth Junction’ enjoying live bands, sporting events, pool, darts and quizzes.



There’s so much going on at the Royal Station Hotel in Carnforth, and we’d like to remember it all. So, keep an eye on our news page for all our comings and goings.


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29 th October Saturday

The Carry On Haunting Homicide Murder Mystery

24 th December Saturday

Christmas 3 day break


Find us at:

Royal Station Hotel, Market Street, Carnforth LA5 9BT

Call us on:

01524 733636