Things to do in Devon
There are many attractions to visit in and around Brixham – some of these are listed below. In addition, there are many exciting events in Devon taking place throughout 2013.
Things to do in Devon
Devon Houses and Gardens
- N.T.Trust Coleton Fishacre: approx. 4 miles away. Built in the 1920’s by Rupert D’Oyly Carte of Gilbert and Sullivan fame. Art Deco interior and beautiful gardens.Tea room available. Open March till end of October and weekends till Decembed 23rd. A: Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ. T: 01803 752466 W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre
- N.T. Agatha Christie’s Greenway: The house and gardens overlooks the River Dart with miles of woodland paths, Boathouse and N.Trust tea rooms, Open March till end of October. A: Greenway Road, Galmpton, near Brixham, TQ5 0ES T: 01803 842382 W:
- Dartington Hall: Unique 14th century Great Hall in a beautiful garden setting. Open all year. Nearby the popular visitor attraction – Dartington Cider Press. www.dartington.org/dartington-hall
- Breakwater Beach, Brixham: Large pebble beach within easy reach of the centre of Brixham and sheltered by a man-made breakwater. There is a cafe and toilets and nearby a 25 metre sea water swimming pool manned by Lifeguards during the Summer period. Ample Parking – Safe Swimming, with care – Warning Flags – Life Saving Equipment – First Aid Post – Toilets – Refreshments – Beach Shop – Telephone.
- Fishcombe Cove and Churston Cove: Both very pretty and within walking distance of the Hotel. Fishcombe is the nearest, welcomes dogs and and has a Summer cafe.
- St Mary’s Bay, Brixham: A long, mostly sandy beach with safe swimming. Perfect for beachcombing and exploring rock pools. Parking ¼ mile from beach, a steep walk down. – Dogs Allowed – Safe Swimming, with care.
- Goodrington Sands: Has the Inn of the Quay Pub, shops, pedlo hire and nearby Quay West water park with water slides.
- Broadsands: A sandy beach, grassy area, carpark and toilets.
- Elberry Cove: is in between Churston and Broadsands, a delightful cove popular with families with motor boats
Trains in Devon
- Steam Trains in Devon: along the Dart Catch the train to Dartmouth for a scenic ride. A: Dartmouth Steam Railway (Head Office), Queens Park Station, Torbay Road, Paignton, TQ46AF T: 01803 555872
Boats in Devon
- Boat trips: to Torquay and Dartmouth and down the River Dart to Greenway or Totnes. A: Dartmouth River Boats, 5 Lower Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9AJ. T: 01803 555872 W: www.discoverdartmouth.com
Nature in Devon
- Cockington and country park: A thatched Domesday Book Village with tea rooms and gift shops. Open all year. T: 01803 520022 W: www.englishriviera.co.uk
- The Berry Head Reserve: Within minutes walk from the Hotel you can follow the coastal paths with spectacular views along the coastline to the River dart and beyond. Spot rare and endangered species, explore Napoleonic forts and a fascinating Geopark visitors’ centre.
- Dartmoor National Park: Breathtaking countryside walks and exciting outdoor activities. T: 01626 832093, W: www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk
- Kents Cavern, Torquay: Discover the caves where the oldest human bone was found. Open all year. A: KENTS CAVERN LTD, Cavern House, 89/91 Ilsham Road,Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2JF. T: 01803 215136. W: www.kents-cavern.co.uk
- Walkabout Guide: Brixham walks with interesting Historic facts are available from Reception.
- Guided Tours: Whether it is a special day out or more we would be pleased to arrange your itinerary, our local guide John Risdon to accompany you and also transport by taxis, minibus or coach.
Castles in Devon
- Compton Castle Paignton: A Medieval fortress home for 600 years to the Gilbert family including Sir Humphret Gilbert half brother to Sir Walter Raleigh. Open April till end of October.
- Dartmouth Castle: Guarding the narow entrance to the to the Dart Estuary. Inside a fully recreated Victorian gun battery.Open mostly all year. W: www.theheritagetrail.co.uk
- Berry Pomeroy Castle: Ruins of a Medieval Castle. Discover the ghost stories on the audio tour. Open mostly all year. W: www.theheritagetrail.co.uk
- Castle Drogo on Dartmoor: The last castle to be built in England. Designed by Sir Edward Lutyens in the 20th century. Open Days from February till December. W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo
Animals in Devon
- Paignton Zoo in Devon: Open all year.2000 creatures, six animal habitats, Jungle Express train, indoor play areas, good food & easy access. A: Totnes Road Paignton, Devon TQ4 7EU, United Kingdom T: 0844 474 2222 W: www.paigntonzoo.org.uk
- Living Coasts in Devon: Torquay’s coastal zoo and conservation charity. Living Coasts is open from 10:00am every day. Penguins. otters and seals to delight. Open all year. A: Living Coasts, Torquay Harbourside, Beacon Quay, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BG T: 0844 474 3366 W: www.livingcoasts.org.uk/visit
Other things to do in Devon
- The Golden Hind: The Golden Hind at Brixham is a full sized replica of one of the most iconic ships from the age of exploration being a feature of this picturesque harbour since 1964 and has a long history of screen appearances in Film, Television drama, Documentary and even children’s programs. W: www.goldenhind.co.uk
- The Smugglers Story: The Smuggler’s Story is based on the history of the experiences of smugglers in and around Brixham in 1700’s and 1800’s
You will become part of the story as it unfolds, surrounded by vibrant sights and sounds, travelling through time with a local smuggler as your guide. A: Harbourside Arcade, King Street, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 9TF. T: 01803 855658 W: www.smugglersstory.co.uk
- Bygones , Torquay: Go back to the Victorian Era. Open all year. A: Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay, England TQ1 4PR. T: 01803 326108 W: www.bygones.co.uk
- Torre Abbey, Torquay: Founded as a Monastry in 1196 by Lord William de Brewer. Home of the Cary family 1632 till 1930 and now a popular art gallery and museum. A: The King’s Dr Torquay, Devon TQ2 5JE, United Kingdom. T: 01803 293593.
- Babbacombe model village, Torquay: Glorious gardens surround a miniature world. Open all year. W: www.babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk
- Dartington Cider Press: A popular visitor attraction with shops and tearooms. Open all year W: www.dartington.org
- Britannia Naval College: at Dartmouth. Book your tour of this Edwardian College, available throughout the year.
- Buckfast Abbey on Dartmoor: Founded 1018 and now the home of Benedictine Monks. Explore the Abbey, shop and tearoom. Open all year. W: www.buckfast.org.uk
- Buckland Abbey: 6 miles south of Tavistock. The home of Elizabethen seafaring adventurers Drake and Grenville. Open mostly all year.