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This looks like an interesting place to visit but unfortunately on the day I was there it was on its winter hours of only being open from 10am to 1pm. During the summer it's open 10-4 Tuesday to Friday and 10-1 on Saturdays. Adult admission is £2.00 and accompanied children get free entry.
UPDATE 2012 - Had a rainy day visit and spent a pleasant hour here. Friendly staff and lots of local memorabilia, mostly connected with the town's heritage as a port. The building is the former police station and one of the exhibits is a reconstructed cell, complete with groaning prisoner who it appears has been locked up for the night for drunkeness - no It wasn't me!!
The website gives a good overview.
Updated May 15, 2013
Address: Bolton Cross
The Torbay area has been served by Lifeboats since 1866 with Brixham providing the base for the lifeboat. The Station has two Lifeboats - a Severn Class - Operational Number 1255 - Class Number 17-28 and D-651 which is an inflatable. The Severn Class boat (see photograph) was named on the 18th August 2002 as the 'RNLB Alec and Christina Dykes' in memory of Mrs Helen Christina Dykes whose bequest covered almost half of the build cost.
Written Jan 28, 2013
Address: Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AF
Phone: +44 (0) 1803 853136
The Dutchman William Prince of Orange, afterwards William III King of Great Britain & Ireland landed near this spot 5th November 1688 with a large mercenary army with the intention of overthrowing the catholic King James II of England. Upon landing he and issued his famous declaration “The Liberties of England and the Protestant Religion I Will Maintain”. The statue was erected in 1889 to celebrate the bicentenary of Prince William of Orange's 1688 landing.
Written Jan 11, 2013
Address: The Strand, Brixham
The Brixham memorial is in the form of a Celtic cross atop a square plinth, which bears the following inscription “In grateful remembrance of our heroic fellow citizens who sacrificed their lives in the World Wars 1914-1919. 1939-1945. “Their name liveth for evermore””. On the base the memorial has four bronze panels - two for each war.
Written Jan 2, 2013
Address: Berry Head, Brixham
Brixham Harbour with over 100 fishing boats boasts one of the largest fishing fleets in the UK; this added to the Fish Market on the quayside is an added attraction. A visitor viewing platform has been positioned so visitors can watch the busy comings and goings of the fishing fleet, made up of large beam trawlers and the smaller day boats. The harbour is lined with restaurants, pubs and shops and there's excellent walking around its side to either Oxen Cove or Brixham Marina and Outer Harbour
Updated Jan 1, 2013
This is a series of gardens created by the Pride in Brixham which is a volunteer group that sets out to help upgrade and maintain the environment in and around Brixham. The photo shows the Fisherman Garden and was built following the success of the first; the Mayflower Garden. The garden was created from a cottage 'front' using a reclaimed door and window and a beach with 1.5 tonnes of cockle shells.
Written Dec 12, 2012
Address: Marina Walkway, Brixham
The 500 Berth Marina is sheltered from the south-westerly winds and offering safe access in all weathers and at all states of the tide. The marina can be reached by road or by walking around the inner harbour through a newly constructed paved pedestrian walkway. Along this route there are also a Ships Chandler, a Marina-side Pub/Restaurant/open-air cafe, and of course the boats themselves. At the far end of the Marina adjacent to Breakwater Beach is the RNLI boathouse and the Inshore and Offshore Lifeboats.
Written Dec 4, 2012
Address: Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9BW
Phone: +44 (0) 1803 882929
To capture the essence of Brixham try to catch an early morning Fish Auction.
Gone are the days I'm afraid when all the action used to take place on the quayside for everyone to see. There's now a new fish market and everything is closed off to the general public but all's not lost.
The Brixham Tourism Partnership organise some 8 guided tours a year around the Fish Market (no under 14s ). It costs £8 which includes a cooked breakfast in the Fishermen's Mission after the tour. Head of Brixham Trawler Agents, Rick Smith, will take you around and tell you everything you need to know - and what you don't as well.
Brixham is one of the biggest fishing ports in England (arguably the biggest) and there is a wide variety of fish caught here.
When I came here in September 2012 it was the morning after a Brixham trawler had sunk off of Berry Head. There were three fishermen on board. Two were saved but the captain went down with his boat and the lifeboat and other vessels were searching the wreck area. It was obviously a more subdued auction that morning but it was gratifying to see other trawlermen donate their day's catch for nothing and the buyers paying well over the odds to add their support.
It proved to me how much Brixham is still a community and you could do a lot worse than come here early one morning to see it in action - and by the way all proceeds go to the Fishermen's Mission.
Updated Nov 8, 2012
The Golden Hind Museum ship is a full sized replica of the flagship of Sir Francis Drake and has been moored in Brixham harbour since 1964. Along the sails, masts and rigging you'll get a feel for life at sea in the 16th century, and below deck there are scenes of life at sea as it used to be 400 years ago when Drake became the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe in the original Golden Hind.
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Updated Aug 16, 2012
Address: The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AW
Phone: +44 (0) 1803 856223
If World War II history is your thing then the remains of the Brixham Battery will be of particular interest. Built on the hill above Fishcombe Cove, overlooking the harbour entrance from the north, the gun battery here is the best preserved of the 116 Emergency Batteries that were built in June to September 1940, soon after Dunkirk.
The hill has a long history of being used as a harbour defense, especially at the time of conflicts such as the Spanish - English War in the 1580's and the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century. During WWII the battery had a compliment of about 100 Royal Artillery troops who manned the coastal and anti-aircraft guns. As the war developed and the threat of invasion lessened the Artillery regiment were replaced by the 386 Battery which was mostly manned by Home Guard members.
After the successful conclusion of the war most of the Emergency Batteries were dismantled but Brixham's was left intact and the site is now a protected National Monument. A local charitable group, Brixham Battery Heritage Centre Group, now look after the battery and its gardens and provide onsite information and tours with funding from various heritage bodies and public donations.
Written Aug 9, 2012