Torbay Harbours (Torquay, Paignton and Brixham)

With 16 square miles of open sea and 22 miles of coast, Tor Bay Harbour nestles within the western shores of Lyme Bay on the UK’s south-west peninsula.

The whole of Tor Bay Harbour is managed by Tor Bay Harbour Authority, a department of Torbay Council and includes the enclosed harbours of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.

Brixham Harbour is located on the southern aspect of TorBay 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. The harbour has recently been subject to a huge regeneration project, creating a large new fish market complex with business and retail units.

Torquay Harbour lies on the North shore of Tor Bay and is home to an expanding marine leisure industry. The outer harbour comprises of a 170 berth Town Dock pontoon facility with 440-berth Marina. The inner harbour lies behind a cill and bridge, impounding the water at half tide level and is home to 170 moorings for boats up to 9 metres long. Access to the inner harbour is subject to tides, with entry via a bridge cill which stops the inner harbour from drying out at low water.

Paignton Harbour nestles on the western shores of TorBay situated midway between Torquay and Brixham harbours.  The harbour was established in the 18th Century and the local Council has managed the harbour since 1935.  Paignton was a thriving fishing harbour for many year. The Harbour dries out at low tide and is well known for having an unconventional fairway approach.  


On 9th April 2014, Torbay hosted the crossborder workshop “Towards integrated territorial investment strategies for ports and their local communities” in conjunction with the South Regional Ports Association Annual General Meeting. The conference was attended by over 65 participants from across the South West of England and provided FLIP partners with an opportunity to discuss the importance of small and medium sized ports being at the heart of the local communities regeneration strategy.

11/03/2014 to 13/03/2014

A successful bilateral visit with FLIP partners from Tor Bay harbour to Saint Brieuc and the Cotes D'Armor county of Brittany took place between 11th an 13th March 2014. The visit was extremely useful from a number of perspectives.  It was encouraging to see that many of the challenges faced by small and medium sized harbours are common to both sides of the Channel area.  Whilst the governance arrangements and the concept of general interest in the economy of small and medium sized ports varies between France and the UK, all parties found the exchange helpful from a technic


The final event of the FLIP project - 'OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH IN SMALL & MEDIUM SIZED PORTS IN EUROPE' took place in Brussels on Wednesday 27th May, 2015.  The event was attended by over 60 people from the project and beyond to hear about some of the experiences and study work that has been exchange over the last two and half years.  With an intensive series of exchanges and studies the FLIP project has sought to target some of the structural weaknesses of the Channel regions small and medium sized ports and has promoted a sharing of knowledge to look at the longer term socio-economic, technical and regulatory challenges that could confront the Channel ports in the next few years.  If you would like further information all the presentations for the final event are online and accessible.  Please do not hesitate to contact us via the contact form if you have further queries.

04/02/2015 to 05/02/2015

FLIP partners met in Saint Brieuc on 4th and 5th February to discuss the options available to Ports like Saint Brieuc Le Legue and the experiences of the other French and UK partners gained through their recent studies and events.  Opening the conference Ramon Van Barnveld, representing DG Maritime Affairs & Fisheries from the European Commission spoke of the importance of Blue Growth and the European Strategy for the Atlantic Area.  The conference was opened by Michel Bremont, Vice-Président, Conseil général des Côtes d'Armor who welcomed the FLIP partners to Saint Brieuc and exchange views on the opportunities to further development and diversify the local maritime economy.  The first session focused on the Adaptation and long term perspectives for port infrastructures. Speakers included Louis Laurent Dupont from Marseille and the Association of Ports – Towns who presented the innovative findings of a recent study on the strategic options for the future development of medium and large sized port towns in France.  Louis was followed by a UK speaker from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s infrastructure development division, Adam Littlejohn who spoke about an academic investigative study into the nature of the United Kingdom’s Maritime asset.  He spoke about changing government policies, the need for a clear national plan in next 50 to 100 years, redressing investment backlogs, making policy makers better understand the investment lag and benefits from investments. In particular Adam made the case for port stakeholders better articulating their needs and the contribution they make economically to the local economy.  The FLIP project is presently carrying out two economic impact studies on either side of the Channel in order to formulate a series of recommendations for the final event.