Brixham is small and clusters around its all-important harbour, making the atmosphere friendly and cozy. Winding lanes and pretty streets are lined with independent shops and boutiques, offering visitors a rich shopping experience. If you're staying in self-catering accommodation, Brixham offers you the very best of Devon's wide variety of local produce; from Devon Ruby Red beef to locally grown vegetables and of course, very fresh fish!
Because of its popularity with visitors from all over the world, Brixham has a wide range of places to stay, from luxury hotels to homely bed and breakfast accommodation. There are holiday camps for those who prefer to stay under canvas or in a caravan, with easy access to all the amenities on offer and the wonderful surrounding countryside to explore. Holiday cottages are available all year round, enabling your family to stay in a comfortable environment at a time that suits you.
The maritime theme continues with the attractions available in and around Brixham. The Golden Hind Museum Ship has been based in Brixham since 1963 and gives visitors a chance to experience life aboard Sir Francis Drake's famous ship. The ship is a full sized, accurate replica of the original Golden Hind and gives you a fascinating insight into life aboard a ship in the 16th century. The ship runs events and special entertainment for young and old alike, including the chance to rub shoulders with pirates and brigands!
Brixham has a thriving artist's community, and has attracted talented artists to the town for many years. The light is unique in Brixham, giving rise to inspiration and some superb paintings from some of the most gifted contemporary artists working today. A wealth of galleries and studios fill the town, and works of art are available for the public to both view and buy. Brixham has been called ‘Devon's St Ives', and has established itself as a centre for art in the South West.
Although the sea is at the very heart of Brixham, the surrounding countryside is breathtaking as well. Brixham is an ideal base to explore the sweeping tors of Dartmoor, the hidden valleys of the Dart river or even further afield into the rolling hills of the South Hams district of Devon. Unique and ancient villages offer a glimpse into a less hurried time, but watch out for wildlife and horses on the roads.
Brixham gives visitors a combination of a traditional, seaside resort that is still also a working port. This gives it a vibrancy and unique feel that may have been lost in other resorts that rely solely on tourism for their income. The town is justifiably proud of the balance it has managed to maintain and welcomes visitors with open arms. Although smaller than its cousins of Torquay and Paignton, Brixham is still one of the top coastal towns to visit in the South West.