Brixham Area Guide
Originally a Saxon settlement, Brixham was the landing place of William of Orange during the Glorious Revolution, and many of the town’s inhabitants, who are descendants of the Dutch army, have Dutch surnames. Many of the street names in Brixham reflect the town’s history, with some also bearing Dutch influences.
If you like art, you’ll love Brixham. The town has a great range of art galleries featuring local and visiting artists with The Strand Gallery being the largest in the West of England. You can visit the artists’ corner on the Strand to see artists working, if the weather permits. Brixham Museum is packed with interesting exhibits from the town’s cultural and maritime heritage, while there are plenty of coastal tours and fishing trips by boat on offer if you want to get a taste of Brixham’s maritime heritage.
Being a fishing port, you can expect a good choice of seafood restaurants in the Brixham area. With Mitch Tonks Rockfish restaurant and takeaway right by the fish market there are a plethora of other restaurants and bars to enjoy but you should try Albero if you like Tapas with a glass of wine on a terrace over looking the harbour. While if you’re self catering then the excellent range of fishmongers, butchers and greengrocers supplying local produce will enable you to rustle up some very tasty dishes of your own from South Devon’s finest food.
It is well serviced with schools with Primary school including Brixham Church of England Primary School and Eden Park Secondary schools include Brixham College and the very well thought of Churston Grammar School is located just on the outskirts of town.
A landmark attraction of Brixham is the Golden Hind replica. A fascinating recreation of Sir Frances Drake’s flagship, where you can experience five decks of Tudor history and adventure. From there a stroll along the waterfront past the Fish Market takes you to Brixham Battery Heritage Centre, on the site of the best-preserved Emergency Battery built along the British coastline in 1940. There is plenty more about Brixham’s exciting maritime heritage at the Brixham Heritage Museum.
The half-mile long breakwater with its lighthouse affords great views back over the town and across Torbay towards Paignton & Torquay , and there is also the small but popular Breakwater Beach with Shoalstone Pool just beyond this, which is a lovingly restored Art Deco seawater lido.
In addition Brixham is the perfect place for a walkers being just off the South West Coast path. Brixham is an important part of the UNESCO accredited English Riviera Global Geopark and you can stroll up to Berry Head National Nature Reserve with its wonderful views, Napoleonic forts, fabulous wildlife and welcoming café.
The housing stock is very varied in Brixham due to its expansion over the years. With Coastguard Cottages on the sea to a plethora of Victorian fishermans cottages to apartments overlooking the marina, 1930’s semis, bungalows and large family houses.
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