& Brixham Battery Museum
Devon TQ5 8RU
Battery Gardens provides an excellent vantage spot on the cliffs overlooking Brixham Harbour and the whole of Tor Bay. Nowadays it is a favourite spot for watching the Brixham Heritage Trawler Races and other nautical events.
Battery Gardens is not a cultivated park, but more a natural landscape of trees, shrubs and grass. As far back as the 1780s the area was used for military training; most significantly it was a World War II Coastal Defence Battery, with up to 250 soldiers based there. Many of the structures and emplacements from this period are still in existence.
The substantial remains of the Battery have been recognised by English Heritage and the area is now a designated scheduled monument. Entry to the park is free and it is open daily all year round. The gardens are accessible by public transport, but wheelchair access is limited.
The Brixham Battery
Of the 116 Emergency Batteries built in 1940 from John O’Groats to Kent, and Land’s End to South Wales, only 7 remain. Of those, Brixham Battery is the most complete.
The Brixham Battery Heritage Centre Group is helping to restore the site and preserve memorabilia from the troops who manned the battery.
The Group uses the Artillery Training Section (ATS) Hut in the gardens as its Education Centre and Museum. This museum is jam-packed with displays of WW2 memorabilia, uniforms and weaponry as well as a period armoured car.
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The Group is run by volunteers who open the Museum every Monday and Friday from 14:00 – 16:00 hours.
During the summer, it is also open on Saturdays. We recommend that the visitor therefore seeks current times from Web: Brixham Gardens & Battery External Link
Free but donations are more than welcome.
As you admire the stunning views from Battery Gardens imagine yourself back in 1598 with cannon roaring when the battery was first used in the war between England and Spain. Although not permanently in use, it was active in 1780 during the American War of Independence and the French Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century.
During World War II the Battery was greatly improved with the placement of two naval 4.7 inch guns, searchlights and an Anti-Aircraft battery. The large guns were in case of invasion and kept a secret so they were never fired. However, the Anti-Aircraft guns were successful in bringing down enemy fighters and bombers.
For the history and a virtual tour of the Brixham
Battery go to the Heritage Group official website and select the ‘Tour the Battery' button. Web:Brixham Battery Tour External Link
To book a visit or guided tour, contact the Heritage Group.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0) 1803 852 449
- By Car
From the M5 at Exeter
take the A380 towards Brixham
then the A3022 Brixham
Road, to Brixham
Pass "Welcome to Brixham" sign and take left hand filter at traffic lights. In approximately 400 yards (366 metres), turn left into Lindthorpe Way.
Follow the road around through the estate, past the cricket club and carry on along until you reach Fishcombe Road. Battery Gardens is on your left.
Parking possible in Fishcombe Road by the garden railings.
- By Bus
Bus number 17 from Brixham
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