Britstown lies in the heart of the Central Karoo and is located exactly halfway between Cape Town (via Three Sisters) and Johannesburg (via Kimberley) on the N12 national road, and thus is about 700 km from both cities. The N10 national road crosses the N12 500m outside the town. De Aar is the closest big town and lies 50 km East from Britstown on the N12.
In 1877 a community centre and a church was built on a section of Brits's farm. A private irrigation scheme was started by the Smartt Syndicate in 1885 and liquidated in 1954. The concern built two dams, planted lucerne and wheat. They grazed karakulsheep and Clydesdalehorses. In 1961, floods destroyed the Smartt Irrigation Board Dam and it was rebuilt by the government in 1964.