Your Personal Town Guide
North Yorkshire
Just twelve miles south of York is Selby. At its centre stands a great abbey (built 1069), that escaped demolition in 1540 as it became a parish church. Many American visitors come here to see the Stars and Stripes' of the Washington family coat of arms, that forms a stained glass window high above the altar. The town is also notable for Henry 1st (1069-1135) being born here. The town stands on the river Ouse and once was a major inland port and had a boat building industry. The tidal river silted up and to overcome this a canal was built. This was superseded by the railway - and the station buildings remain unchanged since built in 1834. It's economy was once based upon mining, but now largely on the nearby coal powered power stations and… agriculture. It has its own Auction mart and the market still remains in front of the Abbey every Monday and Saturday.


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Selby Abbey
Selby Abbey
Selby Abbey
Market Place, Selby YO8 4PU

A rare example of an Abbey not being "dissolved" by Henry VIII in 1540. Much stained glass and an 'squint' window that let lepers look through a 9ft 6" channel in the wall to see a service at the high altar.

Admission: Free (please leave donation)
Open: Daily 9:00am-4:00pm
Tel: 01757 703123

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Market Day
Monday and Saturday
Independent local
Tourist Info Centre
Selby Abbey
Direct Access
Bus station. Rail station. Central car parking
1 hr Town Walk
A 60 minute circular walk including the Abbey, river Ouse and market place.
Video Features

Slide Show


Selby Game Fair
Selby Game Fair

Weekend long event of sheep trials, shooting, shows and events.

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