Selby is dominated by its beautiful Abbey, which is nearly 1,000 years old. Believed to be the birthplace of Henry I, the son of William the Conqueror, and with its internationally-famous Washington window which links to the family of the first president of the United States, the Abbey draws in visitors from around the world. It has hosted the wedding of a Taiwanese pop star, and has since become a ‘must see’ location for international visitors.
In 2019 the town will celebrate 950 years since the founding of the Abbey with a range of community events culminating in an illumination show in November 2019.
The streets surrounding the Abbey offer a range of small shops and eateries, with a growing food scene in the town. That’s helped by Selby’s annual food festival, held each August. It’s a chance to sample food and drink from around the world, and makes a great family day out. There are also regular farmers’ markets held on the third Saturday of each month.