Selby Abbey is unique in the North of England, as the first monastery to be founded in the North after the Norman Conquest and one of the few in England to have survived as a parish church.
Overflowing with heritage and culture, the jewel in the Selby District’s crown is the great Norman Selby Abbey, founded under William the Conqueror by Royal Charter. The Norman Nave and “Decorated” Chancel are considered to be among the finest examples of 12th and 14th Century architecture in England. The Abbey is reputed to be the birthplace in September 1068 of King Henry I of England, the son of King William I and Queen Mathilda.
With an international reputation as one of the most important church buildings in the world, and with many fascinating human stories linked to its 1000 year history, Selby Abbey is a delight to visit.