Burgh Island

Bigbury On Sea, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4BG

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Visit Burgh Island, South Devon

Burgh Island South Devon is an iconic landmark on the coast, located directly opposite Bigbury on Sea beach, famed for its links to Agatha Christie, as well as a one time haunt for pirates and smugglers.

Separated from the mainland by a beautiful sandy tidal beach, Burgh Island is only accessible on foot across the beach at low tide, or via the unique sea tractor when the tide is high. 

The area of Bigbury and Burgh Island is part of the South West Coast Path - and you can spend hours wandering along the stunning coastline just looking out to sea. 

If you aren't lucky enough to be staying at the Burgh Island Hotel, you can still visit the island. Take a walk around the island and discover the unique wildlife that lives on its shores, explore the remains of the chapel or stop for lunch or dinner at either the Hotel or the Pilchard Inn. 

The Burgh Island Hotel 

The infamous Burgh Island Hotel sits on the island, an art-deco inspired island retreat that has housed some very famous guests, including Agatha Christie.  Burgh Island features (under different names) in two of her most well known novels: "And Then There Were None" and "Evil Under The Sun".

History and Heritage of Burgh Island

The early history of Burgh Island is somewhat unknown however the remains of a chapel sit on the Island known as Huer’s Hut. Originally it is thought that the chapel was where fishermen would keep a watch for shoals of pilchard. When spotted the fishermen would make a ‘cry’ to alert other local fishermen of Bigbury. This is where the term Hue and Cry developed.

The Pilchard Inn on the island is a 14th century hideout for smugglers and pirates - and is said to be haunted. 


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Opening Times

Burgh Island (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)



  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Open All Year

Key Features

  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction



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