The southernmost of the English Riviera towns, Brixham is a family resort and fishing port. It is a hilly town built high above the harbour. A rather distinctive ambience and colour with its narrow streets, unique shops, cafes and pubs.

The town has been a fishing port for centuries and it is still active with fresh fish available early in the morning at the fish market. Interesting for self caterers and the fish in the local cafes and restaurants is good.

Take a boat trip and marvel at the stunning coastline of Torbay. One of those photo opportunities.

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St Marys Bay,

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The town has some good beaches. St Mary's is a delightful long sandy beach, but some of the others are small and pebbly.

Scuba diving is popular off the beach in clear and calm waters of Brixham Breakwater.

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Accommodation is plentiful in this lovely town. Booking is advised in the summer as this delightful spot is popular!!! See the top of the right hand column for links to Accommodation pages under "Useful Information". Hotels, cottages, and self catering as well as a link if you are running late.

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Sir Francis Drake and the Golden Hind

The biggest attraction in the harbour is the full sized replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship “The Golden Hind” moored there. Captain Drakes's original ship circumnavigated the world between 1577 and 1580. One of the most exciting voyages of all time.

Replica of the Golden Hind at Brixham
Replica of the Golden Hind,

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Sir Francis Drake was a Devon man. A legend. He was born in Tavistock 1541 or 42 and died of dysentry in 1596 aboard “The Defiance”. He was buried near Puerto Bello, Panama. In between times a life of incredible adventure and success.

Apart from circumnavigating the world, he is best known for his defeat of the Armada – after he had finished his game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe.

The “Golden Hind” and its exhibition is an exciting and enthralling experience for young and old alike.

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History of Brixham

Brixham is famous in English history. It is here in 1688 that William of Orange made his claim to the English throne with his famous speech “The Liberties of England and The Protestant Relgion I will maintain”. He had just landed with his Dutch army after being invited to come. He brought his army as he suspected not everyone would be in agreement with this idea.

The Glorious Revolution followed. He became co ruler with his wife and cousin, Mary II, daughter of James II, the monarch they succeeded. There is a statue to William of Orange in the Inner Harbour.

Another notch in history can be claimed by the town as it is said that here the fishing trawler was invented in the nineteenth century.

The town was also one of the places from which the D Day Landings left. Piers and ramps were built from which the American Servicemen left.

The town has seen much naval history as Torbay has been a much used bay and Brixham has been the place that supplied the ships. The point at Berry Head was a strategic site for guns.

At one time there was an Iron Age Fort on Berry Head but the earthworks were destroyed when the Napoleonic War defences were being built.

A coastal walk to Berry Head climbing up to the cliff top National Nature Reserve – stunning. Home to some rare species of flora that likes a limestone environment.

On the tip of Berry Head is the lighthouse. It is not only the smallest lighthouse in the United Kingdom it is also the highest!

The beautiful hymn “Abide with me” was written by Reverend Francis Lyte when he was dying at Berry Head House. He was vicar of All Saints Church.

All Saints Church Brixham
All Saints Church,

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Other pages that may be of interest


Berry Head



Torbay Global Geo Park

Torre Abbey

Best books about Devon

Best books about Wessex

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Fishing Vessel, "Vigilance", leaving Brixham.

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Useful Information


Hotels can be found locally from Wessex Hotels

There are some delightful cottages around the county. Probably one near where you would love to stay.

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Car Rentals

Want a cute car? Large car? Small car? Whatever you need you will find it here. You will probably even find your favourite car hire firm here and Car Rentals do not add a penny to their price for looking all over for you!

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Please note that National Express coach services have been suspended due to the current pandemic.

Why not travel by Coach

If you do decide the leave the car at home and help the environment too, why not go National Express. They run coaches all over the country. Some pretty good fares too.

Just imagine - sit back and relax, no hassling with the traffic!!!

Do you know that you can book on your mobile phone and they will send the ticket as a text!!!!

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Virgin Trains is an excellent main line railway.

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More Public Transport

Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. There are other pages on Traveline for other parts of the country.

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