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
Tourist Information Centre
The Engine House
Phone 01803 834224
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This family-run guesthouse is a 10-minute walk from the centre of Brixham and just 15 minutes’ drive from the seaside town of Torquay. There is free Wi-Fi and free parking on site, and guests can relax in the landscaped garden. Details...
The 4-star rated Trefoil Guest House in Brixham offers elegant en suite rooms with free parking and Wi-Fi. This south Devon bed and breakfast is within 15 minutes’ walk of the town centre and Brixham harbour. Details...
This 4-star Gold award-winning guest house boasts stylish interiors, luxury rooms and organic, locally sourced breakfasts. With free parking, it is 10 minutes’ walk from Brixham’s centre. Details...
Located a 10-minute walk from the centre of Brixham, Fair Winds Guest House is an award-winning bed and breakfast offering free drinks on arrival, mouth-watering breakfasts, free Wi-Fi and free parking. Details...
Situated in the small fishing town of Brixham, and 5 miles from Paignton, Brixham House is an award winning B&B on the English Riviera. Details...
Midhurst B&B is located in Brixham, just a 10-minute walk from the town centre and the harbour. This Edwardian property offers free parking and free Wi-Fi access in all areas. Details...
White Steps is a detached cottage above Brixham town in the West Country. The cottage sleeps six people and has one king-size double bedroom, one double, one adult bunk bedroom and a family bathroom together with separate room with basin and WC. Details...
Dipley Cottage is a character cottage set in Brixham, Devon. Set across three floors with four bedrooms, one with an en-suite, up to eight people can stay. There's also a family bathroom, a kitchen, and a sitting room with woodburner and dining area with gas fire. Details...
Bay View is a wonderful, semi-detached cottage in a residential area on the outskirts of Paignton. The cottage is set mostly over the ground floor with one king-size double bedroom upstairs. This bedroom offers an en-suite bathroom, a TV, and views down to the sea. Details...
Little Acre is a comfortable, semi-detached cottage is a wonderful location in Torquay. With three bedrooms it can sleep up to five people. There's also a family bathroom, a ground floor cloakroom and a kitchen with dining area, along with a sitting room with gas fire. Details...
Fairweather Apartment is set over two floors in the popular seaside town of Teignmouth in Devon. This cottage apartment sleeps six people and has three bedrooms consisting of a double bedroom, a second floor twin bedroom with additional folding bed and a second floor single bedroom, as well as a first floor family shower room. Details...
Dunholme House is a detached cottage in Teignmouth, ten minutes' stroll from the sea, shops and pubs. The cottage has two doubles with en-suite shower rooms on the first floor, a bathroom and additional WC on the first floor, and on the second floor, a twin and a single. Details...