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Smethwick is a small canalside town bordering Birmingham in the West Midlands. Featuring handsome buildings, beautiful parks and a fascinating past, it’s a great place to stop off for the day.

Smethwick High Street is a bustling multi-cultural delight. If you’re heading through the town on a boat it’s a great place to stop and gather supplies.

Just up from the High Street you’ll find Smethwick Heritage centre, situated right in the heart of one of the most beautiful parks in the area. The staff and volunteers are always on-hand to answer any questions.

The town also has an interesting historic pump house, which sits alongside the Birmingham Main Line Canal. The pump house was built by the famous canal engineer James Brindley and contains a museum where you can find out all about the canals and waterways in the area.

Just down from the Pump House, there’s a small nature reserve bursting with beautiful wildlife including geese, ducks and crane gulls.

A walk along the towpath will then bring you to the little Toll House, which is a pleasing little building situated right by Smethwick Lock. Further along the towpath you’ll come across the old steel works.

Just a short distance from Smethwick you’ll find Sandwell Valley, which is filled with stunning scenery - a great place for a country walk.

The information and pictures on this page have kindly been provided by Jayne Silvester. If you have a favourite canalside town that you’d like to see listed on our website please email feedback@canalrivertrust.org.uk and tell us why it’s special to you.


West Midlands