Brixham Travel Guide

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Brixham Things to Do

  • Greenway House

    After spending £5.4m on its restoration the National Trust (NT) opened Greenway’s doors to the public in 2009. It was extremely popular then and still is today, but the NT has various systems in place to make sure that it doesn’t get too overcrowded. There’s plenty of space in the woodland garden anyway, although its steep location means that not...

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  • William of Orange - Statue and History

    When King James II of England & Ireland (VII of Scotland) came to the throne in 1685 there was a distinct threat that he would try to revert the kingdom back to Catholicism. His opponents therefore decided to encourage William of Orange to deal with the problem as they considered he had a justifiable claim to the throne through his wife Mary - and...

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  • Battery Gardens

    If you walk from the Fish Quay in Brixham Harbour and through Freshwater car park you will arrive at Battery Gardens. The area is fairly uncultivated but it’s worth the walk if only for the ‘Grandstand’ views - and it was for this reason that it became one of the 116 batteries that were hastily built up and down the country after the evacuation of...

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  • Breakwater

    If you fancy a walk around Brixham without having to negotiate the hills and steps you could do worse than take a walk out to the Breakwater. If you’re starting out from the Fish Quay you can circumnavigate the Inner Harbour and walk past the Marina until you reach the Breakwater. The Breakwater is half a mile long with views over the Marina and...

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  • Coffin House

    This quirky building in King St is not only worth a look at but also has a tale to it. Whether it’s true or not I’m not sure but it centres around a young man’s request to marry a certain gentleman’s daughter. Not impressed by the young man he told him that he would see her in a coffin first. Depending on which story you read the young man either...

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  • Berry Head

    No visit to Brixham would be complete without walking out to Torbay’s southern arm - Berry Head. This limestone plateau is a National Nature Reserve with around 500 different types of plant and 28 species of butterfly. Looked after by the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust your first port of call should be the Visitor Centre in the Guardhouse which...

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  • Commercial Fishing and Auction

    One of the things that disappoints visitors when they come to Brixham is the fact that there’s no public access to the Fishing Port. Health & Safety is paramount these days and being a busy working area it’s understandable that it wouldn’t be desirable for visitors to wander freely around the fishing harbour. However, there are still a few ways...

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  • Blue Anchor Pub

    This is a great Devon pub,and as soon as you walk in you get a friendly welcome.The pub is on the small side but cosy, with a nice log fire.It seems that the pub is a popular meeting place for many of the locals,and apparently they have their own drinking area.Did not eat here so cannot comment on the food.

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  • Inner Harbour

    The Breakwater at Brixham protects the Marina, Fishing Harbour and the Inner Harbour and it’s the Inner Harbour that most people get to see. Separated from the gated fishing harbour the inner harbour is flanked by shops, bars and restaurants of varying degrees of quality. In the harbour itself the boat that is most likely to attract your immediate...

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Brixham Restaurants

  • Blue Anchor

    I'm a bit funny about eating in pubs, despite the fact that I quite often cook for them. What I hate is when a pub becomes nothing but a restaurant and so loses that egalitarian quality which makes a pub a pub. Here at the Blue Anchor I was dead impressed. Despite visiting on a busy Saturday lunchtime when the pub was full of fellow tourists and...

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  • Brixham Seafoods

    As soon as you step off the bus you'll smell the ozone taint of the sea air and if the sun's out it just has to be an alfresco seafood lunch, ideally eaten sitting on the harbour watching the boats preparing for the following day's catch. The only conundrum is whether to have fish and chips from one of the many excellent takeaways or a shellfish...

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  • Claws - Jenny's

    Claws, locally known as "Jenny's", is a coloured little kiosk with tables, chairs and umbrellas located on the quay. There has been a family run shellfish business of the site of Claws for over 60 years; originally it was run off trestles and boards until the early 1960s when the first kiosk was built. In 2001 the kiosk was purchased by the current...

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  • Captains Cabin, Fore Street - CLOSED

    Set inside, this cafe serves fresh fish dishes to slices of cake's. There's green chequered tablecloth’s with the menus on top. There’s also a huge menu on the wall with offers of the day. Toilet’s can be located upstairs’, although it can be confusing which door to enter, I accidentally entered the office! The window faces the harbour giving you a...

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  • Shellfish Bar

    Claws, locally known as "Jenny's", is a coloured little kiosk with tables, chairs and umbrellas located on the quay. There has been a family run shellfish business of the site of Claws for over 60 years; originally it was run off trestles and boards until the early 1960s when the first kiosk was built. In 2001 the kiosk was purchased by the current...

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  • Another Excellent Seafood Lunch

    I'm a bit funny about eating in pubs, despite the fact that I quite often cook for them. What I hate is when a pub becomes nothing but a restaurant and so loses that egalitarian quality which makes a pub a pub. Here at the Blue Anchor I was dead impressed. Despite visiting on a busy Saturday lunchtime when the pub was full of fellow tourists and...

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Brixham Nightlife

  • Blue Anchor

    If anyone was to ask me which was my favourite pub in Brixham I reckon I would have to say The Blue Anchor. Why? Because for me it’s how a Brixham pub should be. It’s welcoming, serves a good selection of real ale, has a real fire, a nautical theme, and some good entertainment. Of course this means that the place can get very busy. There’s not much...

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  • Ernie Lister Bar @ Quayside Hotel

    It has to be said that many of the pubs in Brixham cater for the locals and fishermen but the Quayside Hotel’s Ernie Lister Bar goes some way to re-dressing the balance. Situated overlooking the harbour, nobody will feel out of place in here, but don’t expect anything contemporary. It hasn’t changed in years but what it lacks in modern décor is...

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  • My Favourite Brixham Pub

    If anyone was to ask me which was my favourite pub in Brixham I reckon I would have to say The Blue Anchor.Why? Because for me it’s how a Brixham pub should be.It’s welcoming, serves a good selection of real ale, has a real fire, a nautical theme, and some good entertainment.Of course this means that the place can get very busy.There’s not much...

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Brixham Transportation

  • The Western Lady

    If you want to travel between Brixham and Torquay anytime between April to the end of October then why not take the ferry?There are two companies that can take you across the bay but The Western Lady has been running for over 65 years.The old Western lady was sold to the opposition boat company but there are still two smaller boats running between...

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  • Car Parking – Breakwater

    BreakwaterOverlooking Breakwater Beach and close to the mouth of Brixham Harbour with a 10 minute walk along the harbour path before entering the west side of the harbour. This is an open air ground level car park with toilets. Pay and DisplayLong StayCapacity: 103 carsSunday to Saturday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm3 Hours: £3.00Brixham TQ5 8BY June 2012

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  • The #12 Bayline Bus

    Because Brixham is situated on the Berry Head peninsula there is only one main road into the town. This is served by the Stagecoach "Bayline" number 12 bus service from Newton Abbot via Torquay and Paignton, with stops at both Newton and Paignton's rail stations. The service runs from about 6 am until 11 pm with a peak frequency of every 10 minutes...

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Brixham Local Customs

  • Brixham Trawler Race

    If you find yourself in Brixham in June then try and time your visit to coincide with the annual Trawler Race.The organisers describe it as a major event for the trawlermen, town, and visitors - and perhaps even more importantly, a major fund raising event for local charities.The day starts fairly early with the gates to the port opening at 09.00...

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  • Brixham and Fishing

    Brixham was the largest fishing port in the S.W. of England even as far back as the Middle Ages and today it’s still amongst the top 3 fishing ports in England.In the mid 19th cent. it was the largest, and by the end of the century there were over 300 red-sailed sailing smacks clogging up the harbour.Brixham fishermen and their families were so...

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  • HMS Brixham

    (J 105) – Bangor-class Minesweeper Bangor Class Minesweeper was ordered from Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd in September 1939, laid down in November 1940 and launched in October 1941. HMS Brixham was the 1s t RN ship to carry this name. The minesweeper served in the North Sea and the Mediterranean, the smallness gave the ship poor sea...

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Brixham Warnings and Dangers

  • £1,000 Fine If Caught!

    It seems strange that for a fishing port there's a £1,000 fine for fishing. So how do the boats get away with it?Well, OK, just me being a smart-ass with the camera angle as obviously the sign merely refers to not fishing from that section of the quay.If you do want to fish then you can take a fishing boat trip or fish from the breakwater.The...

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  • Keep Off The Working Quays

    Brixham is a busy working harbour and so certain areas have no public access. These are well signed and shouldn't be ignored.If you want to watch/photograph the boats there is a viewing platform above the public toilets which overlooks the trawler basin.

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Brixham Tourist Traps

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    The Golden Hind

    by LouiseTopp Updated Sep 16, 2004

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    Sir Francis Drake was the first Englishman & first captain to go around the world. This incredible accomplishment lifted Drake to hero status in England & became one of the most famous secret citizens in the western World. The riches recovered were so huge, approximately £600,000 in 1580 (around £25 million today) that Elizabeth I share was more than the total exchequers proceeds for a year, twice the costs of fighting the Spanish Armada in 1588 & probably the reason why the crown was free of debt in the year after Drakes return.

    This is a full-scale copy of "the Golden Hind". Between 1577 & 1580 the Golden Hind crossed the world making important discoveries before returning home with amazing treasures. This ship now offers a fascinating insight into life onboard a 16th century sailing ship & is based here in Brixham, the area where Sir Francis Drake lived and worked.

    Unique Suggestions: The ceiling’s are very low, there used to be stock’s on board where you could have your picture taken in them.. Sometimes there’s re-enactments on certain days, I think there’s also a charge to go on too. Here are some things which I found out.

    Life on board:

    • Big ships would have a surgeon on board, he would be able to dress wounds & set bones but against infection, the efficiency of his medicine was nonexistent. He also did amputations.
    • The most dreaded disease was scurvy (lack of vitamin C) accountable for tens of thousands of deaths alone, although some captains in the 16th century were thinking diet was the cause, it was to be another 150 years later that this theory was accepted. The scurvy sufferer first became lethargic, his skin broke into angry boils, his gums began to enlarge & bleed & his teeth fell out. Within day’s arms and legs became bloated, ugly black bruises appeared & breathing was almost unfeasible. This was followed by coma & death.
    • Weevil’s got mixed up with the ship’s biscuits; so many sailors ate them in the dark. What you can’t see won’t hurt; so they say.

    Fun Alternatives: Punishment:

    • A seaman caught pilfering was tarred & feathered then forced to run the gauntlet of the whole crew, finally being dismissed from the ship.
    • A murderer was tied to his victims’ body & thrown overboard.
    • For blaspheming, 'offenders had a marlin spike (metal pin), clamped into their mouths until they are very bloody; a brilliant cure for swearers'.
    • Drawing a knife on a shipmate could end in the loss of the right hand.
    • The most horrible penalty, though rare was keel-hauling, when a sailor was tied to a rope, thrown over the side of the ship, dragged through the water below the rough, barnacle covered ship's bottom, & pulled up the other side of the ship. Few lived through this horrific suffering.

    The Goldon Hind
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Brixham Off The Beaten Path

  • Churston Court

    Just off of the main road between Brixham and Paignton is the small village of Churston Ferrers.It’s a world apart from its two bigger neighbours as a short drive out to Churston Court will testify.Churston Court is a hotel with a restaurant and bar and totally different to anything else you’ll find in the area.This Grade I listed 12th cent. manor...

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  • Churston Cove

    Churston Cove may not be the easiest place to get to but if you want a nice peaceful hour or two in wonderful surroundings then you’ll be glad you made the effort.Buses do run nearby (17/17A - Oct 2013) but if you have your own transport you can park for free next to Battery Gardens, otherwise you’ll need to park up at Freshwater car park.Whichever...

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  • A Short Walk And You Get Churston Cove

    If you don't have time for a major hike on the Southwest Coastal Path from Brixham then a short walk (about 30 minutes from the town centre) will take you to one of the prettiest little coves in the area and give you a taste, and maybe the inspiration to make more time next visit, of how stunningly beautiful the Devon coaastline can be.Churston...

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Brixham Favorites

  • Walking

    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!

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  • Fish Town - TV Series

    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...

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  • William of Orange

    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...

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