"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Brixham

Brixham is a small fishing town and civil parish in the county of Devon, in the south-west of England. Brixham is at the southern end of Torbay, across the bay (Tor Bay) from Torquay, and is a fishing port. Fishing and tourism are its major industries. At the time of the 2011 census it had a population of 16,693.

It is thought that the name 'Brixham' came from Brioc's village. 'Brioc' was an old English or Brythonic personal name and '-ham' is an ancient term for village.

The town is hilly and built around the harbour which remains in use as a dock for fishing trawlers. It has a focal tourist attraction in the replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship the Golden Hind that is permanently moored there.

In summer the Cowtown carnival is held, a reminder of when Brixham was two separate communities with only a marshy lane to connect them. Cowtown was the area on top of the hill where the farmers lived, while a mile away in the harbour was Fishtown where the seamen lived. Cowtown, the St Mary's Square area, is on the road leaving Brixham to the south west, in the direction of Kingswear, upon which stands a church built on the site of a Saxon original. The local Royal British Legion club is also here. The town holds a yearly pirate event which competes for the title of most pirates in one place and this draws visitors from far and wide.

Local authority: Torbay Borough Council

OS Grid Reference: SX919549

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Things to see and do in and around Brixham

  • Brixham Heritage Museum
  • Wizz Kidz
  • The Deep Exhibition
  • The Golden Hind at Brixham
  • Berry Head National Nature Reserve
  • Battlefield LIVE Torbay
  • Greenway
  • Quaywest
  • Splashdown Quaywest Waterpark
  • Devon Activities
  • Dartmouth Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Dartmouth Museum
  • Sea Kayak Devon
  • River Link
  • Dartmouth Castle
  • Dartmouth Pottery
  • Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway
  • Dartmouth Steam Rail and River Boat Co
  • Paignton Pier
  • Paignton Zoo
  • Kirkham House

Tourist Information

Dartmouth
Tourist Information Centre
The Engine House
Mayor's Avenue
Devon
England
TQ6 9YY

Phone 01803 834224
Email holidays@discoverdartmouth.com
http://www.discoverdartmouth.com/

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Weather

Forecast for Friday 24 March

06:00


Chance of rain 49%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 4°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 8mph.
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Pressure 1023
Humidity 92%
UV Index n/a
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09:00


Chance of rain 14%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 4°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 8mph.
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Pressure 1026
Humidity 89%
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12:00


Chance of rain 12%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 6°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 7mph.
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Pressure 1027
Humidity 86%
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15:00


Chance of rain 7%
Max temp. 11°C
(feels like 8°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 7mph.
NE
Pressure 1028
Humidity 79%
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18:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 11°C
(feels like 8°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 7mph.
NE
Pressure 1028
Humidity 77%
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21:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 10°C
(feels like 6°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 8mph.
NE
Pressure 1029
Humidity 78%
UV Index n/a
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