Brixham, South Devon

Brixham, South Devon

One of the UK's most important and beautiful fishing ports at the southern end of Tor Bay

Places like Newlyn in Cornwall and Brixham in South Devon are among the most important and busy fishing ports in the UK. This gives them a distinctive character which should be experienced when on holiday in the Westcountry. The seafood is exceptional and the location at the southern end of Tor Bay is stunning.

 

Why holiday or weekend break in Brixham?

To help you choose Brixham, we've listed some of the local attractions below.

 

Tor Bay

Arcs from Hope's Nose in the north down to Berry Head in the south. Locals refer to the bay as Torbados. It's stunning.

 

Brixham Harbour

The Breakwater extends into Tor Bay. Behind this, there's the Outer Harbour, Marina and Inner Harbour. It's a busy, beautiful place where you'll find a fleet of heritage sailing boats and a replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship the Golden Hind. The Marina and Inner Harbour are lined with places to eat and drink.

 

Food and drink

Brixham is packed with great places to eat and drink. For restaurants, there's Rockfish by Brixham Harbour Office and Berry Head Hotel on the way to Berry Head. Try also Simply Fish, Tides Restaurant, Beamer's Restaurant and Prince William. These line the Inner Harbour to the Marina. For cafes, try the Old Market House by the Golden Hind, Breakwater Coffee Shop & Bistro by Breakwater Beach, Shoals Cafe on the Lido and The Guardhouse Cafe at Berry Head. For pubs, there's Bullers Arms, Blue Anchor, Crown & Anchor and the Sprat & Mackerel all along the Inner Harbour. For takeaway fish and chips, try Rockfish Takeaway. Fishstock is a September festival of seafood and music.

 

Golden Hind

Explore the replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship the Golden Hind.

 

Beaches

Breakwater Beach is on the eastern side of The Breakwater. Churston Cove, Elberry Cove and the big Broad Sands Beach are to the west.

 

South West Coast Path

This famous coastal path runs through Brixham. We'd recommend the walk up to Berry Head. It's also great fun to take a ferry across Tor Bay to Torquay (Western Lady Ferries/Brixham Express Ferry/Paignton Pleasure Cruises) and then walk back on the South West Coast Path.

 

Shoalstone Pool and watersports

For swimming, try Shoalstone Pool. For watersports, there's the Grenville House Outdoor Education Centre and nearby Broadsands Beach Watersports Centre. Try wind surfing, kite surfing, water skiing, surfing, sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), sailing and scuba diving.

 

Berry Head

Berry Head is a huge, high headland at the southern end of Tor Bay. Enjoy Berry Head Country Park and explore Berry Head Fort. Berry Head is also a National Nature Reserve. Walk up on the South West Coast Path. Grab some food at The Guardhouse Cafe. The views are huge.

 

Boat trips

A visitor highlight is a boat trip. Ferries run across Tor Bay to Torquay and Paignton (Western Lady Ferries/Brixham Express Ferry/Paignton Pleasure Cruises). Day cruises take you to Dartmouth and the magnificent Dart Estuary (Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company). Fishing, wildlife, harbour cruises and evening cruises are also available (Funfish Trips/Paignton Pleasure Cruises/Western Lady Ferries). For a special experience, try the Pilgrim of Brixham.

 

The English Riviera

Brixham is at the southern end of The English Riviera. Explore Paignton, Torquay and Babbacombe.