Favorite thing: Fish Town is a British documentary that provides insight into life in the fishing port of Brixham and consists of ten hour-long episodes. With unique access to the town and it’s welcoming residents, each 60-minute instalment immerses the viewer in the lives of the people living and working in Brixham, providing an eye-opening insight into the community of fishermen and traders from the point of view of the great characters who live and work there.
Favorite thing: Brixham is a compact town and everywhere is easily walkable. All over town you'll find these street maps which provide a useful guide to the main places of interest. There's also plenty of arrowed signposts which not only tell you where things are but also give approximate walking timings for them - especially useful if you need to find a loo!
For all your tourist queries such as things to do, public transport information, assistance with accommodation etc the Tourist Information Centre is located in the old market house on the Quay of the Inner Harbour. Staff are friendly and helpful and as well the usual freebie leaflets there are guides, maps, souvenirs and postcards for sale. The TIC also acts as ticket agents for local theatre performances and for boat trips.
The phone number is 01803 211 211 and the website is HERE
Brixham has a rich maritime history and one of the main events was the landing of the Dutch Prince of Orange and his invading army to commence the "Glorious Revolution" in November 1688 which resulted in the deposition of the catholic King James II and William's ascension to the throne as William III of England, Scotland and Ireland.
This was a fairly bloodless invasion, backed by the English protestant nobility, and as a result many of William's Dutch army settled in the area and today there are still local families with Dutch surnames.
Favorite thing: Brixham is a very old and historic town, full of legends and ghosts. Originally two towns; Cowtown where the farmers lived at the top of the hill, and Fishtown about a mile away, near the harbour that was home to the seamen. In the summer there is still a Cowtown carnival. In the Middle Ages, Brixham was the largest fishing port in the South-West, and at one time it was the greatest in England.