Why You Should Visit Brixham, Devon: A Photo Story

Why You Should Visit Brixham, Devon: A Photo Story

You’d be forgiven for not having heard of Brixham. I hadn’t until earlier this year when I began researching seaside towns and villages on the South Coast. Brixham, along with Paignton, Babbacombe and Torquay, form what’s know as the English Riviera. I know right, who knew we had a Riviera in England?! Well we do, and Brixham, Devon is part of it.

Earlier this year on our week long stay-cation in Devon, we took a day trip to the charming village of Brixham and loved it. Brixham is a one of the busiest fishing ports in the UK, which means it has a marina full of gorgeous white sailing boats against a background of colourful tiered houses. The harbour is also home to a replica of the Golden Hinde, Sir Francis Drake’s ship, so you could be forgiven for thinking you were back in London for a second before the calls of numerous seagulls pull you back.

If you are looking for a quaint fishing village, a typical English seaside town, then you’ve found it in Brixham, Devon. When we went in August, it was very busy with tourists wandering down the lanes and crowding round the harbour to fish for crabs – you can buy the nets and buckets in nearby shops if you wish to join them and I suspect it is a popular activity judging by quite how many people were practically hanging over the harbour wall.

We parked our car (beware there are only a few car parks and spaces are limited especially in Summer) and this was the view! I mean I’m practically stood by my car taking this – I was already loving Brixham.

Boats in Brixham Devon


Walking along the water to get further into town.

Boats in Brixham Devon


Brixham Devon


Of course then we had to check out the local shops – this is Alice testing the merchandise. Is it just me or are shops just that much nicer in seaside towns?

Alice in a hat in Brixham Devon


Spot the seagull…Marina in Brixham Devon


High Street in Brixham Devon


How beautiful are those coloured houses? I am torn between wanting to live there and not wanting to climb hills every day to get home…

Brixham Marina Devon


Brixham Devon


Breakwater Beach is right next to the marina and is a gorgeous little pebble beach. Unfortunately dogs aren’t allowed but it is a lovely place to take a paddle or relax with your favourite book.

Breakwater Beach Brixham


Always time for a #beachselfie!

Selfie on Breakwater Beach, Devon


Brixham Breakwater Beach Devon


Brixham Devon


Brixham Marina


There were a couple of lovely volunteer garden dotted about the place like this one:

Brixham Garden


Brixham Volunteer Garden Devon


Brixham Volunteer Garden Devon


And don’t worry, Brixham still has that tell tale British sense of humour…
Exhibit A:

Water for dogs in Brixham, Devon


Exhibit B:

Store sign in Brixham Devon


Hey, I don’t make the rules! But honestly, whether you need a place to walk your dog or just want to relax by the sea, Brixham is a good place to head. If you have more time Brixham also has coastal walks and cycle paths as well as nearby Berry Head, a National Nature Reserve to wander around. If you find yourself there in May, you can also attend the annual Brixham Pirate Festival.

Next time you plan a trip to the South Coast of England, you should definitely add in a stop in Brixham, Devon. If you need somewhere to stay, why not check out my review of our gorgeous holiday cottage?


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  1. October 28, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Wow, this really doesn’t look like England at all. It always amazes me how varied the landscape is in the country really. Would love to visit that part of England.

    • Nicole
      November 16, 2017 / 10:28 am

      You should definitely visit. I love that all parts of England look so different. I think seaside towns on the whole are pretty similar but that doesn’t detract from their charm.

  2. October 28, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    I hadn’t heard of Brixham. Or, rather, I had but thought it was a town in Essex. That’ll teach me for not visiting my family in Devon 😉
    It does look like such a lovely little town, and so quaint! You really can’t beat a trip to the seaside. Thanks for educating me as to where to find it 🙈

    • Nicole
      November 16, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Haha if you have family in Devon, you need to go! I absolutely loved our week in Devon and Brixham was lovely.

  3. February 9, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    You’re right, I haven’t heard of this place but it looks beautiful! Lovely photos

    Yasmin 💗

    • Nicole
      February 9, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      It’s so pretty! Devon has some gorgeous coastal towns and villages.

  4. September 3, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    We looked at having a week in Torquay with my children, the south coast looked so lovely. So, quite by accident I found a charming apartment in Torbay ????. Since we live in California and travel a lot my wife and I decided to take a chance. I must say that the tortuous drive from London was daunting and severely dampened our spirits at first. We arrived at Berryhead Rd exhausted. The next day we decided to look around, lo and behold less than half mile away was this incredible town of Brixham. With its narrow winding roads and decidedly old world charm we fell in love with this jewel of the English Riviera. Packed with lovely shops and cafes the harbour and seaside walks our week went by too quickly. We took the ferry over to Torquay another nice and historical seaside resort but we were wowed by Brixham. You could almost hear the sound of the fishing fleet returning with the days catch, singing shanties and realizing the joy of returning home safely. I can’t imagine a lovelier place to live or spend a holiday. Walk the town or the harbour and you will feel proud of your English seafaring heritage, imagine yourself going back many years and being part of our heritage. Brixham is certainly a taste of old England at its finest.

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