Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Yorkshire  /  North Yorkshire  /  Selby District  /  Selby  /  Historic Sites  /  Selby Abbey

Selby Abbey, Selby

(4.8/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
Selby Abbey is an Anglican parish church in the town of Selby, North Yorkshire, England.Monastic historyIt is one of the relatively few surviving abbey churches of the medieval period, and, although not a cathedral, is one of the biggest. It was founded by Benedict of Auxerre in 1069 and subsequently built by the de Lacy family.On 31 May 1256, the Abbey was bestowed with the grant of a Mitre by Pope Alexander IV and from this date was a "Mitred Abbey". This privilege fell in abeyance a number of times, but on 11 April 1308, Archbishop William Greenfield confirmed the grant, and Selby remained a "Mitred Abbey" until the Dissolution of the Monasteries.Archbishop Walter Giffard visited the monastery in 1275 by commission, and several monks and the Abbot were charged with a list of faults including loose living, (many complaints referred to misconduct with married women). In 1279 Archbishop William de Wickwane made a visitation, and found fault with the Abbot as he did not observe the rule of St Benedict, was not singing mass, preaching or teaching, and seldom attending chapter. Things had not improved much in 1306 when Archbishop William Greenfield visited and similar visitations in later years resulted in similar findings.
Before you head to Selby, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Selby travel itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Selby has to offer, including Selby Abbey.
Source
Create a full Selby itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Selby

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in North Yorkshire by other users

30 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM FINLAND September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, relaxing, romantic, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM SERBIA May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Yorkshire BY A USER FROM IRELAND April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 18 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM SERBIA May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM SERBIA May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM SERBIA May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Scotland, England & Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM SERBIA May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM SERBIA May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in England BY A USER FROM BRAZIL September, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in England BY A USER FROM DENMARK August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The abbey has a fantastic history that is well worth exploring. The Washington window, the reconstruction following the 1906 fire the brilliant new organ and all the history that goes with the old mon...  more »
  • This a beautiful historic building in Yorkshire. The history has links with the history of the USA, the Knights Templar and King Henry VIII as well as many other historical people. There are a few sec...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful religious buildings I have visited in the UK. Beautiful both outside and inside, it was a big surprise to learn that the origin of the American flag is in its stained glass windows. I hope to open some eyes...
    View original
Google
  • What a beautiful and mysterious place, about a millennium old! Great piece of art, after York minster this one is the next one to see!
  • A place of worship where you can pray without having to pay, how religion should be. A great looking building with plenty of activities in the week.
  • The jewel in the crown of Selby. Steeped in history, it features the "Washington Window", a stained glass window that was commissioned for the wealthy Washington family, ancestors of the founding president of the United States, George Washington. It features the family coat of arms, which is said to have been the basis of elements of the design of the US flag. Other interesting features include: a very narrow peephole that was used in medieval times by lepers outside to have a view of the altar; a tiny carving of George V's head that was hidden away inside a decorative feature; and a carving overlooking the altar that looks remarkably like typical portrayals of Satan. The Washington connection makes it a must-see excursion for American tourists visiting York, although it is well worth a visit by anyone interested in medieval architecture.
  • 12 july 13 very good church and house of god son and holy ghost
  • A great find in the middle of Selby which is a market town. The signs throughout the abbey are informative and give you hints and tips as to what to look for helping you find features you wouldnt normally see. No admission fee but donations box if you want to donate. You can also light a candle if you so wish. Great cafe and gift shop. Will visit.again next time with a camera