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Brixham

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Brixham (pronounced "Brix-um") is a small English fishing town on the south coast of Devon in the West Country. As well as its thriving fishing port, the town is a popular holiday destination in the English Riviera. The town is situated on the English Channel, on the southern edge of Torbay.

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Brixham is one of the largest fishing ports in the UK, and the bustling fishing fleet add life to the harbor in the town center. Around the harbor, layers of colorful old fisherman's cottages rise up on 3 sides, giving a unique and picturesque center to the town. It is fun to explore the narrow old streets and alleyways on the hills. Around the harbor are plenty of cafes, restaurants, historic pubs and fish and chip shops, as well as all kinds of shops, which also extend back into the pedestrianized high street. The town is always busy - in the summer it seems like there is an event every week; ranging from the pirates festival to the Fishstock music festival.

Get in[edit]

The most enjoyable way to arrive in Brixham is by ferry - the Western Lady Ferry runs up to every 30 minutes from Torquay in the summer, the Brixham Express ferry runs hourly from Torquay all year, and Paignton Pleasure cruises run from Paignton Harbour during the summer

The Stagecoach Number 12 Bus runs to the town centre bus station up to every 10 minutes from Newton Abbot, Torquay and Paignton, including from the railway stations in these towns. Paignton station is the nearest, with frequent local trains to Exmouth, Exeter and Newton Abbot, and occasional long distance services to London, the Midlands and the North. Newton Abbot and Totnes stations both have frequent long distance trains

Driving to Brixham is simple - the A380 is the main road from the M5 and Exeter into Torbay, which becomes the A3022 into the centre of Brixham. There is limited on street parking, but ample space in two large long-stay car parks

Get around[edit]

The town is small enough to walk around, but there is also a local bus service - stagecoach #17 around the town.

There are regular ferries to Paignton and Torquay (see above), as well as a daily cruise to Dartmouth with Dartmouth River Boats. Churston station is nearby on the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway - combined circular tickets such as the round robin and sea train adventurer are available.

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  • The Golden Hind A Replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship, moored in the town centre it is an icon of the town. £7 adult.
  • Brixham Heritage Fleet There are 4 classic Brixham sailing trawlers, and a number of other heritage boats based in the harbour. The Classic trawlers Leader, Provident,Pilgrim and Vigilance are all regularly seen in the harbour, and trips onboard may be available. These boats were, when built, some of the most advanced sailing vessels in the world.
  • Fishing Harbour It is not often possible to enter the fish harbour and market, but there is a good viewing platform so you can watch what is going on
  • Brixham Breakwater This half-mile long Victorian engineering marvel is a great place for a completely flat walk out to the lighthouse, or for fishing.
  • Coleton Fishacre This National Trust house is just a few miles from Brixham in a spectacular garden in a gorge overlooking the sea. The house was built in the 1920s in a beautiful arts and crafts style for the D'Oyly Carte family - owners of the Savoy theatre.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Western Lady Ferry Boat trips, Booking kiosks on harbour side and departures from town pontoon. Daily frequent service to Torquay in summer. This is a scenic 30 minute trip across the bay to the attractive town of Torquay - worth just doing a round trip, even if you don't fancy Torquay. £3 return ticket.
  • Berry Head Napoleonic Fort and Geopark, A pleasant walk along the coast path takes you to this natural park with 400 million years of history and stunning views. Free Entry.
  • Shoalstone Sea Water Pool This historic pool and sunbathing area is the place to be in the summer - swim in the pool (cold) or in the sea (colder). Free Entry. Lifeguards on duty.
  • Pirate Days There are regular pirate days, and a pirate festival in the town.
  • Walk the South West Coast Path The longest national trail in England passes through the heart of our town - there are plenty of short and long walks available.

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The high street (Fore Street), harbourside, and surrounding streets have a wide range of shops - from several supermarkets to supply your everyday needs, to craft and souvenir shops. There is a frequent tourist market on the harbourside during the summer months.

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Local fish and chips is a must, with a wide range of fish and chip shops on the harbourside. Also essential is a Devon cream tea, locally made ice cream and pasties, all of which are widely available in the many cafes on the harbour side and in the town.

  • Millie and Me is perhaps the friendliest cafe in Brixham.
  • Breakwater Bistro probably has the best views, and is my favourite for a good evening meal, at a reasonable cost - worth pre booking as it is often full, even in the winter.

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