Character, Charm and Enthusiasm
There are plenty of things to do in Brixham, which is located at the southern point of South Devon’s beautiful bay. There are historical sites to visit, including the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s ship and the statue of William of Orange; there is the famous Brixham Fish Market which carries on a bustling trade, and the busy harbour is the centre-point of town activities.
Brixham’s plays to its history of pirates and smugglers with lots of fun activities for children in the harbour. There is also the Brixham Pirate Festival which takes around the first May Bank Holiday, and includes the ‘Biggest Gathering of Pirates’ where every other person seems to have a bandana and an eye patch!
The William of Orange statue celebrates the fact that Brixham was the landing place of William of Orange during the revolution, and there is still a Dutch influence in the town which can be seen in the street names and some of the buildings.
You can see vessels of all shapes and sizes in Brixham harbour, from fishing boats and tour boats to expensive yachts, and even large trawlers on the horizon.
The harbour includes a full size replica of the Golden Hind, Sir Francis Drake’s famous Tudor ship. You can tour the boat and feel what it must have been like to be on board as the crew sailed round the world.
With such a strong fishing industry, it is no surprise that there are so many good places to eat fresh seafood in Brixham. The market has more than 40 varieties of fish, and you can tour round it and see the activity for yourself.
A boat trip from Brixham provides stunning views of this award winning South Devon coastline. Alternatively, you can walk or cycle along the coastal path to Berry Head and see some fantastic views looking out to sea.
Brixham makes a great day out and attracts many visitors for its character, charm and general enthusiasm.