Established in the 16th Century Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park must be one of the oldest picnic areas in the country.
The Quarry is a beautiful, 29-acre parkland set right by the River Severn in the heart of Shrewsbury. It used to be a rough place, with tanneries, stone being dug and women doing their washing. However, the gentlefolk of Shrewsbury were having none of it though and decided to create a riverside promenade for their refined Regency ladies. Today it is used for that same purpose and is a perfect place to relax, walk and picnic.
The jewel in its crown is the Dingle, a sunken garden designed by Percy Thrower – Shrewsbury’s Parks Superintendent for 28 years. It is a floral haven all year round and the crowning glory in Shrewsbury’s annual bid to be a Britain in Bloom champion – an accolade it has won several times. Throughout the year you’ll find a host of events taking place in the Quarry, including the renowned Shrewsbury Flower Show each August.