Brixham: A Gem of the Devon Coast

Written by: Rachel Vogeleisen



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Devon is one of my favourite regions in England, and I couldn’t wait to add this place to a map of places I have visited in England. In this post, I share my personal experiences and recommendations for making the most of your time in Brixham.

Brixham isn't your typical polished seaside resort. Forget the candy-coloured beach huts and regimented deckchairs. This Devon fishing village is a place where the sea breeze carries the tang of salt, weathered boats bob in the harbour, and gulls cry overhead. It's a place that feels authentic, a place that whispers stories of the sea in every cobbled lane and weathered building. 

Falling for Brixham's Charm

My love affair with Brixham began on a blustery winter day. I wasn't looking for a picture-perfect postcard village. I craved the untamed energy of the coast, the raw beauty of the sea. Brixham delivered in spades.

The Working Harbour: Brixham's Beating Heart

It is the Heart of Brixham. Fishing boats, their decks piled high with colourful lobster pots, set along  sleek yachts and small boats. Watch the boats come and go– fishermen mending nets, the sound of seagulls in the background, the rhythmic creak of boats straining against their moorings. It's a scene straight out of a Devon postcard. 

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Brixham Fish Market, the largest in England, where you can witness the daily catch being unloaded and sold. Indulge on Fresh Seafood As a fishing town, Brixham is renowned for its daily catch and locally sourced fish and seafood.



Brixham's beaches are a haven for sun-seekers and water enthusiasts. Breakwater Beach, with its stones and haboured waters, is perfect for families with young children. For a unique experience, head to Shoalstone Beach, where you can swim in the open-air seawater pool while taking in the stunning coastal views. If you're feeling adventurous, try your hand at kayaking, paddleboarding, or even coasteering.

Beyond the Harbour: Brixham's Hidden Gems

Brixham's charm extends beyond the bustling harbour. Take a stroll along the coast path, and you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the rugged Devon coastline. Berry Head National Nature Reserve offers a haven for wildlife, with wildflowers carpeting the cliffs in spring and puffins nesting on the rocky outcrops.

A Day Trip or a Relaxing Escape?

Brixham can be enjoyed as a day trip from nearby towns like Torquay or Paignton. But its slow pace and relaxed atmosphere are best savoured with a longer stay. Tuck yourself away in a cozy B&B overlooking the harbour, and let the rhythm of the sea lull you into a state of tranquility.

Brixham: More Than Just a Beach

Brixham isn't for everyone. It lacks the glitz and glamour of some seaside resorts. But for those seeking an authentic coastal experience, Brixham offers a unique charm. It's a place to reconnect with the sea, to savour fresh seafood, and to wander cobbled lanes steeped in history. Brixham is a place that stays with you long after you leave, a salty kiss from the wild Devon coast.

Places to Eat

  • La Petite Maison is a French bistro-style restaurant in the harbour that serves homemade food. The service was lovely, and the food was delicious. There’s a very nice and welcoming atmosphere. They will make you feel at home.

  • For locally sourced fish and catch of the day, try Rock Fish. It is a chain restaurant, but you can’t get more sustainable with locally sourced fish as they are in the fish market. They also have al fresco dining.

  • For a taste of local tradition, nothing beats a Devon cream tea. Indulge in freshly baked scones topped with clotted cream and jam, a treat best enjoyed at one of the town's quaint cafes, like the Curious Kitchen, which adds a modern twist to British classics.

Things to Do 

  • Don’t miss the open-water sea pool. Shoalstone Seawater Pool, built in 1920, is one of the few tidal pools in the country. Entry is free. Even if you don’t bathe, walk along the pool as the panorama is beautiful.
  • Book a walk along Brixhams secret lanes and passageways here.