For over 150 years Brixham has been
established as the largest fishery in England. Visitors (if
they are early risers) can see the daily catch being unloaded,
and the hustle and bustle of the busy port can be watched from
a viewing platform.
Brixham has acquired
the title of 'The Mother of Trawling' after
perfecting the method of fishing that involves dragging the
seabed with nets to catch deep lying fish. Today 40-50 Beam
Trawlers enter and leave the harbour which in the 1800s saw
a fleet of over 300 sail trawlers fishing out of Brixham.
A few of these Heritage
Trawlers have been lovingly restored and represent
the last of the wooden vessels to trawl under sail. Some can
be seen with other historic vessels around the harbour.The
Heritage Trawler Race in May is a great way to see
the last of the Heritage Fleet under sail around the Bay.
1895) is at present undergoing restoration work in dry dock.
For more information about the project www.pilgrimofbrixham.co.uk
from Easter Sunday offers public sailing trips on Sunday mornings
and Tuesday evenings (max12 individuals), or can be chartered
by groups for 3hrs trips and weekly cruises. Vigilance is also
available for chartering and private events alongside the Brixham
For bookings or enquires
contact 07764-845353 or email sailing bookings
(1892), Golden Vanity (1908) and Provident
(1924) owned by Trinity Sailing Foundation,can also be chartered
for private tours, contact 01803 883355 or
for further information www.trinitysailing.co.uk
The Statue of Prince
William of Orange, overlooking the harbour, commemorates
the landing of the Prince in 1688 during 'The Bloodless Revolution',
a short time before he was crowned King William III.
As well as its fantastic
location, Berry Head National Nature Reserve has
many attractions to captivate the visitor. The area is rich
in natural history with protected Orchids and many other rare
plants. Also the largest Guillemot colony in England nests on
the cliffs at Berry Head, and can be viewed through strategically
placed cameras. The caves below the cliffs are home to a colony
of rare Greater Horseshoe Bats. During the Napoleonic
Wars a large fort was built on the cliffs to
prevent invasion from the sea and the well-preserved remains
are one of the finest examples remaining in this country. The
Guard House is now the Guard House Cafe. Finally, the Berry
Head Lighthouse is both the smallest and the highest (at 200ft)
in Britain. Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust manage this site
and many other around the Bay and hold many events throughout
On the other side
of Brixham is Battery Gardens, so called because
of the presence of the WW2 Coastal Defense Battery. Out of 116
batteries that were sited around our coast only 7 remain and
because of its importance, English Heritage have recently made
it a scheduled monument.
Heritage Centre provides an educational facility with
guided tours of the site.Contact-01803 856267.
There are two way-marked
walks in Brixham, one of which takes in Battery
Gardens. Both walks offer stunning coastal views and the guides,
available from the Tourist Information Centre, give lots of
information about Brixham.
Museum is situated in the Old Police Station at Bolton
Cross and records the town's proud history and association with
the sea with displays on smuggling, the lifeboats, coastguards
and much more. Tel 01803 856267 or visit: www.brixhamheritage.org.uk
Church first vicar The Revd. Henry Francis Lyte wrote
the famous hymn and soccer anthem 'Abide With Me'. It is played
every night at 8pm by the carillon installed in church in 1928.
There is a full-size replica of 'The
Golden Hind' moored in the harbour. Here you can experience
the conditions that Sir Francis Drake and his crew encountered
during their epic circumnavigation of the World 1577-1580. Tel
01803 856223 or visit: www.goldenhind.co.uk