Brixham Battery

This section describes Brixham Battery and what there is to see there today.


Image of inside Brixham Battery Museum

Examine both British and German machine guns at Brixham Battery bunker looking towards Torquay

Bunker at Brixham Battery looking towards Torquay

Brixham Battery

 

Image of navy guns outside Brixham Battery

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Admission

The museum is open every Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm, with extra opening during the summer. Admission is FREE.

See the Brixham Battery website for details of contact details, opening times and special events.

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How to find us

Battery Gardens is in the Furzeham area of Brixham, and is well signposted.

It can be reached by car, or by following the coastal footpath from Brixham fish-market. The address is:

Brixham Battery Heritage Centre
Fishcombe Road
TQ5 8RU


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Brixham Battery is one of only seven of the original 116 Emergency Batteries built in 1940 that remain.

Set across a 14 acre site with outstanding panoramic views of Torbay, Battery Gardens is home to the now abandoned bunkers of the Battery, which was first used in 1586 during the war between England and Spain.

The Battery was not permanently armed but was certainly 'active' throughout the American War of Independence during the 1780's and the Napoleonic War against France during the 1800's. The Battery was also used by the Coast Guard for gunnery training during the 1870's.

The emplacements that can be seen today were built from June to September 1940, immediately following the defeat and evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) from Dunkirk after the fall of France. Originally manned by about 100 officers and men from the Royal Artillery, the battery became manned by 378 Battery - of which almost all were members of the Home Guard - after the threat of German invasion had subsided.

There is another of these at Brownstone Battery, near Kingswear, but Brixham battery is the most complete, with the site now being an English Heritage scheduled monument.

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What to see

Around Battery Gardens can be seen the various emplacements, and the training room has been turned into a small but interesting museum.

Many of the exhibits have been loaned to the museum by local people, which adds to the quaint charm.

There is limited free parking nearby, with good disabled access.

The museum is open every Sunday, Monday and Friday from 2 - 4pm throughout the winter months.

Run by enthusiasts, you will always be greeted with a warm Devonshire welcome. You can even wear your period uniform if you want......

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Brixham Battery Heritage Centre GroupImage of me in USAB uniform with a fellow enthusiast at Brixham Battery Museum

Formed in 1999, this group is committed to the promotion of the history of Brixham Battery and the surrounding environment. The group carries out restoration projecst and staffs the museum.

A registered charity, the Heritage Group has received grants from various sources; and is currently fundraising to restore the 'war tunnels' section of the Battery.

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