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Area Guide Smethwick
A town filled with historic architecture, Smethwick has plenty of character and also boasts strong links to the canals, which used to be a main means of transport in the area prior to the rise of modern day transportation. Home to a large Asian community, Smethwick is a culturally diverse town and has a rich history, having been mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. The town is home to the Grade I listed Galton Bridge and was once also home to the world’s oldest engine, which has now been moved to a facility in Birmingham. Smethwick is also the place where Malcolm X gave his last interview.
Setting up your business here
Smethwick’s commercial sector is as diverse as its population, with a variety of businesses and professionals occupying retail and office space in the area. You will find a lot of Asian shops here serving to the residential Asian community. Among the variety of retailers, you will also find businesses such as computer repair services, graphic designers, security services, web design firms, solicitors, accountants, healthcare providers, and performing arts companies. The head offices of Urban City Estates are in Smethwick.
Culture and Entertainment
Smethwick is home to a number of pubs where you can enjoy a drink or a bite to eat. It is also within easy reach of central Birmingham, which offers an array of pubs, clubs, bars and entertainment venues to suit a range of tastes and preferences.
When it comes to eating out, you can choose from a variety of local eateries, many of which offer casual dining or pub food. Alternatively, you can head to the nearby Hagley Road, where you can enjoy a wide variety of options including American cuisine at TGI Friday’s, Mexican fare at Chiquito or great pub food at The Garden House.
Smethwick is well served by a number of local bus services as well as taxis, which provide added convenience. Good road links and networks make it easy for those who want to drive in the area. There are rail links at Smethwick Rolfe Street and Galton Bridge stations.