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Where to live in Selby?

Sat off the banks of the River Ouse, Selby is a growing town south of York, it boasts easy access to Leeds and York as well as the county's stunning countryside. Perfect for professionals and families, this historic area has wonderful schooling and a diverse range of properties.


Aside from the stunning Selby Abbey, the Town Hall is great for live music. With gorgeous scenery around the town, particularly the Trans Penine Trail, cyclists and walkers will enjoy getting out in the fresh air. There are football, rugby union, cricket and golf clubs in Selby and a District Motor Club for enthusiasts.


If eating out is your thing then you can pick from international cuisine ranging from Chinese to Indian, Itaian to Thai. Alternatively, choose from one of the various takeaways. During the day there are some lovely cafes and numerous bars and pubs like the Giant Bellflower and the Abbey Vaults so that you can make a night of it.


As Selby grows larger, new developments mean better shopping and amenities. Abbey Walk Shopping Centre is adjacent to the main high street and has convenient parking and large stores while the Three Lakes Retail Park on the outskirts is a growing outlet with stores like Homebase, Argos and Halfords. On top of this, there are two supermarket superstores and many independent traders in the area.


Selby has schools that cover education from 3-18:

Selby Primary School
Selby High School
Selby College


A transport hub in the area, it has large bus and railway stations that offer connections for longer journeys. You can get trains directly to London King’s Cross, Leeds, Manchester and York along with buses to Doncaster, Goole, Pontefract and further afield. The A19 bypass connects you quickly with the M62, the A1(M) is near and Leeds Bradford International Airport is less than an hour away.


Origins of Selby are believed to date back to AD 779 when a Viking settlement called Seletun was established. The stunning abbey, which dominates the town’s skyline, was built here in AD1069 and has endured many phases of history, including the Battle of Selby in the English Civil War. In recent history, Selby was known for coal mining as well as shipbuilding but the sites of the latter are now home to small businesses as the town continues its expansion.


King Henry I, William the Conqueror’s fourth son, is believed to have been born in Selby in 1068/69.

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