Visit Selby - 1,000 years of history

The pretty town of Selby is dominated by the superb Abbey, founded in AD1069. Having stood for almost 1,000 years, the Abbey is a testament to endurance during some of England’s most destructive periods in history. Magnificent both inside and out, this holy site was once destroyed by fire then rebuilt by hand, and now resides at the heart of community life (holding regular services and concerts) for this charming Yorkshire town.

Selby Abbey surrounded by flowers

The town is situated on the banks of the River Ouse and is surrounded by picturesque countryside, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful retreat.

Selby is also a great place for outdoor enthusiasts, with plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling, and fishing. The town is surrounded by stunning countryside, including the Selby Canal and the nearby Humber Estuary, which is a haven for wildlife. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing break or an action-packed adventure, Selby has something for everyone.

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Pennine Trails and pubs!

Walkers and cyclists will love the scenery around Selby, in particular the Trans Pennine Trail cycleway with its direct path into the heart of York.

Selby Town Hall is regarded as one of the best live venues in the area. Expect local band nights, big crowds and the annual Battle of the Bands which has been known to sell out in a matter of hours!

Flying the flag for America

History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Abbey where you can see the Washington Window – a stained glass window featuring the heraldic arms of the ancestors of George Washington, and often cited as an influence for America’s Stars and Stripes flag. Not to be missed!


Accommodation in Selby

The Wishing Well

Oakney Wood Drive, Selby, YO8 8LZ, United Kingdom

The George Inn

Market Place, Selby, YO8 4NS, United Kingdom

Loftsome Bridge Hotel

Wressle, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO86EN

Comus Inn

Selby Road Camblesforth, Selby, YO8 8HR, United Kingdom

Owl, Hambleton by Marston’s Inns

Main Street, Hambleton, Selby, YO8 9JH, United Kingdom

Bay horse hotel

57-59 Micklegate, Selby, YO8 4EA, United Kingdom

Also see our Selby hotels page, and B&Bs in Selby.


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Facts About Selby

  1. Selby is a town in North Yorkshire, England.
  2. The town is located on the River Ouse, about 14 miles south of York.
  3. Selby Abbey, a Grade I listed building, is a prominent landmark in the town.
  4. The abbey was founded in 1069 and is one of the few surviving monasteries from the Norman period.
  5. Selby has a population of approximately 14,000 people.
  6. The town has a rich history, with evidence of Roman and Viking settlements in the area.
  7. Selby was an important port in the medieval period, with trade in wool, grain, and coal.
  8. The town is home to Selby College, which offers a range of vocational and academic courses.
  9. Selby has a variety of shops, restaurants, and pubs, as well as a weekly market.
  10. The town is well-connected, with easy access to the A19 and A63 roads, as well as regular train services to York, Leeds, and London.

Selby on the map


FAQs about Selby

What is Selby known for?

Selby is known for its historic Selby Abbey, which dates back to the 11th century and is one of the largest parish churches in England.

What are some popular attractions in Selby?

In addition to Selby Abbey, popular attractions in Selby include the Selby Town Hall, the Selby Canal, and the Selby Railway Station, which is a Grade II listed building.

What outdoor activities are available in Selby?

Selby offers a variety of outdoor activities, including walking and cycling along the Selby Canal, fishing in the River Ouse, and exploring the nearby nature reserves of Barlow Common and Skipwith Common.

What is the best time of year to visit Selby?

The best time to visit Selby is during the summer months, when the weather is warm and sunny and outdoor activities are at their best. However, Selby is a year-round destination and offers plenty to see and do in all seasons.

What is the local cuisine in Selby?

Selby is known for its traditional Yorkshire cuisine, which includes dishes such as Yorkshire pudding, roast beef, and fish and chips. There are also a variety of local pubs and restaurants that serve modern British and international cuisine.


Where Next After Selby

After visiting Selby, North Yorkshire, there are plenty of other charming towns and cities to explore in the area. Just a short drive away is the historic city of York, with its stunning cathedral, medieval walls, and quaint cobbled streets. You can also visit the nearby town of Harrogate, known for its elegant architecture, beautiful gardens, and famous tea rooms.

For those looking to explore the great outdoors, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is a must-visit destination. With its rolling hills, picturesque villages, and stunning waterfalls, it’s the perfect place to go hiking, cycling, or simply enjoy a scenic drive. And if you’re a fan of the Bronte sisters, a visit to the village of Haworth is a must. Here you can explore the Bronte Parsonage Museum, which was once the home of the famous literary family.

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