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Generations of people have been enchanted by the charm and romance of Brixham, a bustling fishing port at the southern end of the English Riviera Global Geopark.

Vibrant and colourful fishermen's cottages gaze out across the working fishing trawlers below. The quaint, historic town is built around the central harbour area, which remains its lifeblood. The stylish marina blends in perfectly, offering world-class facilities for pleasure cruisers and day boats alike.

Many festivals and events take place during the year in Brixham with the highlight being the annual Pirate Festival in May.

The Hymn, "Abide With Me" was written in Brixham, and there are endless tales of smugglers and pirates to be unearthed. The Smugglers Story attraction brings these stories to life through a thrilling multi-media 3D spectacular.

The fishing trawlers, which were invented in Brixham during the 19th century, share the harbour with a replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship, the Golden Hind, a popular tourist attraction and a focal point of the town. The nearby statue of William of Orange is another hint to the rich and diverse history the town boasts and Ghost Walks are available from dusk for any of us who like to be scared!

Brixham remains one of the UK's busiest fishing ports and every year over ten thousand tonnes of fresh fish land on the quays. You couldn't find a better place to sample the fresh catch of the day, available from countless restaurants, cafes and seafood stalls. You can also embark on a fish market tour and enjoy the inner workings of landing and auctioning the catch.

Of course, the best way to experience the allure of Brixham is to take one of the many boat and fishing trips. You'll learn plenty about the rich heritage and history of the area, whilst also returning with amazing photographs of the outstandingly beautiful coastline.

Don’t miss a visit to the Shoal of Brixham Artists at the breakwater Bistro and Art Gallery, as well as the Brixham Arts and Crafts Market on Sundays from late March to late October on the Fish Quay.

Berry Head National Nature Reserve is one of the Gateways to the English Riviera Global Geopark and is an internationally-acclaimed heritage site, home to a fascinating variety of wildlife and history, with recently restored Napoleonic-War fortifications. Brixham is blessed with some of the most stunning coastal walks in the UK, and no visit would be complete without a climb to this cliff-top nature reserve. About 200 species of birds have been recorded here and 50 species breed within or close to the Reserve. The cliffs are host to the largest breeding colonies of guillemots on the south coast of England.

Picturesque Churston Station, just outside Brixham, is on the route of the spectacular English Riviera Geopark Coast Line. Step back in time and experience the railway journey that would have been familiar to Agatha Christie herself. The outstanding scenery and wildlife makes this route one of the finest steam railway journeys anywhere in Europe.

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