In the bustling fishing town of Brixham life has always centred around the harbour, where you’ll find yachts and heritage trawlers with todays fishing boats heading out to sea for the day’s catch.
Brixham - pirate and fishing town!
Brixham’s history is filled with tales of pirates and smugglers (with an annual Pirate Festival being highly popular with adults and kids alike dressing up and partaking in lots of “ooh arr me pirates”, etc!). Seek out the Old Fish Market for something a bit out of the ordinary (the brand new hi-tech fish market opened recently but the old market is still open in the spring and summer months).
There is a thriving fishing industry in Brixham so where else should you try the fresh catch of the day than at one of the town’s many fish restaurants dotted around the harbour? They source their fish from the world-famous Brixham Fish Market. Take a guided tour which ends with a very hearty English breakfast.
The historic Western Lady ferry takes you across the Bay to Torquay. A wonderful way to avoid the traffic on the roads with stunning views across the water - with the possibility of spotting dolphins highly possible.
Berry Head National Nature Reserve protects the southern half of Torbay. Part of the English Riviera Global Geopark, it is an internationally admired heritage site that is home to a huge variety of wildlife and history. Enjoy the stunning views both east to Torbay and west to Start Point and beyond. There are recently-restored Napoleonic War fortifications and you are able to walk the ramparts as the soldiers did 200 years ago. For the more adventurous, it's also a great spot for rock climbing and kayaking.
A short drive (or bus journey) away is the stunning Coleton Fishacre house and gardens. There are 30 magical acres of lush gardens with countless places to view inviting glimpses out to sea and paths wind through woodland, glades, past peaceful ponds and is home to tender plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa and New Zealand fully at home in the moist, sheltered valley location. The South West Coast Path runs along the bottom of the garden! The house is built in the Arts & Crafts style, is imbued with 1920s' elegance. The house was spotted from the sea by Rupert D'Oyly Carte (of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company - a professional light opera company that staged Gilbert and Sullivan's Savoy operas).
Getting to Brixham
Postcode for SatNav: TQ5 8AJ