Brixham is a small fishing town in the district of Torbay, South Devon. 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 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 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.
We recommend chartering a yacht to explore Brixham and the beautiful coastline of Torbay over a long weekend to get the best experience of this unique area. Seals, Dolphins and other wildlife are commonly seen within Brixham harbour itself and the surrounding waters. During the summer months there are many events happening in and around the area with a lively atmosphere and nightlife.
Food and Drink
One of Brixhams hidden gems, the New Quay Inn is the perfect place to relax and unwind with friends. Enjoy its cosy and comfortable traditional surroundings accompanied with great local beers, fine wines and really good homemade food. The New Quay Inn serves a variety of real ales, as well as traditional ciders and a choice of fine wines. All the food is home cooked using the best sourced ingredients from local suppliers.