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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.