Located in South Devon, the stunning seaside resort of Brixham is enduringly popular with families, couples and groups as it offers so much as a holiday destination. Part of a stunning area of Devon also known as the English Riviera, it boasts traditional charm in abundance. An ancient fishing port and currently the largest in the South West, Brixham’s main industry is still thriving and many of its visitors can enjoy the fresh ‘catch-of-the-day’ in one of the many fine local restaurants; an area famed for its food and drink, there’s plenty of eateries to choose from.
Set against a backdrop of imposing limestone cliffs, there are many coastal paths to explore; most famously the cliff top nature reserve Berry Head which is popular with bird-watchers. For those who want to enjoy a day at the beach, you won’t be short of choice as there’s at least a half dozen, golden, sandy beaches located nearby. The English Riviera is famed for the quality of its beaches with this stretch of coastline having the highest concentration of Blue Flag beaches in the UK.
The focal point of the town is a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s ship, the Golden Hind, harking back to the Spanish Armada which Brixham witnessed in 1588. Visitors can hop aboard and step back in time to explore its five decks and hands on exhibits.
Shoalstone Pool is a stunning ‘Art Deco’ sea water pool that is just around the corner from Brixham Harbour. Each year the pool is tirelessly repaired from the damage that is caused during the winter storms to get the pool ready for locals and tourists to enjoy during the warm summer months. Cayman Golf is a unique golfing experience with the course being played with balls lighter than the standard golf ball. This stops the ball travelling as far making this a far more enjoyable experience for the whole family as you watch your ball fly onto the green rather than the rough.
Set against a backdrop of imposing limestone cliffs, there are many coastal paths to explore
Brixham is a fantastic base from which to explore the rest of South Devon. Seasonal ferries leave regularly from the harbour for Torquay, Paignton and Dartmouth, making for a great day out shopping and sightseeing. Keep an eye out for dolphins which have frequently been spotted in the bay.
The charming towns of Totnes, Dartmouth and Kingswear on the picturesque River Dart are all in easy reach of Brixham. The Dartmouth Steam Railway provides a novel way to explore the area aboard an authentic steam train.