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Brixham, the picturesque and historical fishing town which nestles on the South Devon coastline, has always had its fair share of visitors throughout the centuries.

Not all visitors to Brixham and the surrounding area were tourists, however, as Prince William of Orange (who later became King William III of Great Britain & Ireland) landed in Brixham with his mainly Dutch army in 1688.

The coastline and sea just off Brixham was where the Spanish Armada was fought off by the British navy and the legendary local Devon hero Sir Francis Drake. To mark this auspicious occasion, the town has its very own full-size replica of Drake’s ship, the Golden Hind, moored in the harbour by the quayside. Visitors can view the ship and get a feel for how life would have been on a sailing ship in the Tudor period.

Annually, there are various events and celebrations marking the town’s nautical heritage, like the Brixham Pirate & Shanty Festival, where participants try to beat the record for the largest gathering of pirates (or people dressed as pirates) in the world, plus many other events taking place that weekend. Also, there other annual events such as the Brixham trawler racing; the Tall Ship events; ‘FishStock’ (the urban seafood and music festival); Festival of the Sea and the Heritage Sailing Fleet events.

So, whether you plan to visit Brixham and stay at a caravan site Devon or take one of the Devon short breaks available near Brixham, you are sure to have a wide range of things to do and see while you stay in this beautiful seaside town.


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