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.
Walking along the water to get further into town.
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?
Spot the seagull…
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…
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.
Always time for a #beachselfie!
There were a couple of lovely volunteer garden dotted about the place like this one:
And don’t worry, Brixham still has that tell tale British sense of humour…
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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