Town Hall, New Road
Devon TQ5 8TA
Tel: 01803 859678
Brixham Town Council came into being in 2007 and has 12 Councillors who stand for re-election every 4 years. Brixham is made up of two wards. - There are five Councillors that represent St. Mary’s with Summercombe Ward and seven Councillors that represent Berry Head with Furzeham Ward.
The bustling town of Brixham snuggles in the southern corner of Torbay protected by Berry Head and looking out across the bay. The colourful cottages that were built for the fishermen cover the hillsides in their quaint narrow terraces, framing the harbour and the busy shopping streets of the town centre. The pedestrian area of Fore Street is a relaxing place to stroll, shop and stop in one of the many cafes. With a mix of high street names and individual shops there is much to see in Fore Street with jewellers, clothes boutiques and gift shops. It is also the place to find banks and cash points along with grocery shops, bakers and butchers. Middle Street and The Strand house art galleries and those rare individual shops that attract the eye. The Quay and King Street have restaurants, gift shops, fish stalls, cheery ferry booths, inns and coffee shops to linger at and watch the harbour activity.
In the inner harbour the working fishing boats moor up against the granite quay walls so that fishermen can mend their nets and make minor repairs. The busy fish quay sees fish auctions held early in the morning and the boats landing their catches through the day and night. Brixham is a year round working fishing port so there is always plenty of activity with the lilting call of the herring gulls overhead. The excellent restaurants around the town have the best of the catch for their fine menus of fresh fish dishes. The Torbay lifeboat sits ready for action near the marina yachts and the heritage sailing vessels are moored on display at the town pontoon. The harbour is seldom without a vessel going in or out and the small brightly painted row boats tug at their moorings as the tide goes out. The replica Golden Hind sits resplendent by the Market House, its masts dominating the skyline beside the open old fish market where pirates are often seen and sometimes even a mermaid!
The start of New Road is dominated by the Town Hall, built as a market house, which has a theatre and a hall where weekly pannier markets are held. It is the civic centre of the town with offices for the Town Council and meeting rooms. Next to it sits the Brixham museum with its displays featuring the fishing heritage of the town alongside prehistoric bones found in local caves.
The Town Council office is located in Brixham Town Hall (entrance adjacent to the museum) and is open: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 3.30pm. Please note that there is a reduced level of staffing over the lunch period.
Parking for the town centre is available at the Park and Ride at Churston, in the short stay town centre car park, the multi - storey at Breakwater and at the level car park at Oxen Cove and Freshwater Quarry. Both of these two latter car parks have a level path leading around the harbour edge to the town centre.
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