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Brixham Harbour is located on the southern aspect of Tor Bay and boasts one of the largest fishing fleets in the UK, plus a thriving fish market to support it.
Over 100 fishing boats land and sell their catch at the local Fish Market on the quayside. A visitor viewing platform is conveniently placed so visitors can watch the busy comings and goings of the fishing fleet, made up of large beam trawlers and the smaller day boats. Some of the smaller day boats can actually be seen working at various vantage points around TorBay such as Berry Head, Fishcombe and Hopes Nose.
Approached from the sea the view of Brixham with its many colourful houses cascading down on either side of the harbour is one of the prettiest along the South Devon coast. Brixham personifies the classic English fishing port, mixing tradition with a modern vibrant industry.
The harbour has recently been subject to a huge regeneration project, creating an amazing new fish market complex with business and retail units.
Brixham Heritage Fleet
There is currently a fleet of six heritage sailing trawlers in Brixham Harbour. The "Golden Vanity", "Leader", "Pilgrim", "Provident" and the "Vigilance". The sailing trawlers are all gaff-rigged boats built between the 18-1900's. You can often see them berthed on the Brixham Town Pontoon and you will often find local craftsmen and women working on them who will be only too pleased to show you around the trawlers and tell you their history.
Brixham Harbour was once home to the largest wooden sailing fleet with around 300 wooden trawlers being built in Brixham's own shipyard. The Heritage sailing trawlers are only back in the port thanks to the hard work and dedication of the people and organisations that have restored them to their original beauty.
Many of the heritage vessels offer chartering services and/or evenings on board. To find out more please see external links below.
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