In the heart of North Yorkshire, Selby is a market town that was last year named Yorkshire’s best place to live, outranking nearby neighbour York.
Selby is an excellent base for commuters. Leeds is 20-minutes by train and 40 by car, whereas York is 30 minutes away by train and car. Motorway connections are good, with the M62 and M1 within striking distance, taking you further afield to London, Manchester and Newcastle. Selby train station operates to Leeds, Hull and Doncaster with Northern and TransPennine Express.
There are plenty of schools in and around Selby for kids of all ages. 58 primary schools, 12 schools and eight colleges or sixth forms, including academies, maintained schools and independent schools. Six schools are rated as outstanding, with the vast majority of other schools rated as good. So there’s a lot of excellent choice for parents and families.
Selby town centre has a lot of high street names including New Look, Clarks and Boots. Nearby Three Lakes Retail Parks has even more big-name shops, including Halfords, Argos and a McDonald’s. When it comes to independents, there are clothing shops like Wetherells and Rooms for All.
Selby might be a small town, but where food is concerned, it packs a punch. Choose from Italian, Indian, Thai, Turkish, Brazilian, Bangladeshi and British. On top of that, there’s plenty of cafes and tearooms to nip into for a coffee and cake. For drinks, there are family-friendly pubs that serve meals too, or late-night bars mixing delicious cocktails. We’re based right on the high street and can testify at the quality of food in Selby!
For other essentials, Selby has a couple of GPs and medical centres, a small hospital and several dental practices. There’s also a local library, post office, banks and leisure centre.
The town is the traditional birthplace of King Henry I and has suitably grand surroundings. Selby Abbey is the town’s main attraction and has been a feature since 1069.
Other attractions in Selby include a bowling alley, Selby Town Hall and cinemas. There’s also loads of green space, including parks, the canal, nature reserves, fishing ponds, and lakes. Nearby York and Leeds also have plenty of choice for a day out with the family.