Our easy guide for living in Selby

Are you thinking about living in the charming historic town of Selby? We’ve created this easy guide that includes the best places to live, top places to visit and the best things to see and do. You’ll be sold on Selby.

Selby is a town and civil parish in North Yorkshire, England and is situated 14 miles south of York on the River Ouse. If you’re looking for history, great events and experiences that are truly unique, all within the reach of Yorkshire then Selby is the location for you.

Best areas to live in Selby

If you’re not sure where to relocate to we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our top areas to live in Selby.

Osgodby: Osgodby is a village in the district of Selby just 2 miles from Selby. It is a quaint village with a park with swings, climbing frames, a slide, and a football pitch; perfect for keeping the kids occupied. There’s also a local family run garden centre offering brilliant blooms of all varieties and colours. If you’re looking for a sweet treat the garden centre also offers a decadent array of delicious cakes, teas, coffee as well at hot meals. 

Properties within the Osgodby area fetched an overall average price of £173,242 over the last year. The majority of sales in Osgodby during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling on average for £153,176. Detached properties sold for an average of £217,661, with terraced properties fetching £129,291.

Barlby: Barlby is a neighbouring village to Osgodby. Although only 3 miles long Barlby is a small but highly sought-after area. Offering a range of properties from one-bedroom flats to period four-bedroom homes. Barlby offers primary and secondary school as well as excellent links to Leeds, Selby, and York — perfect for families and professionals.

If you’re a nature lover enjoy the picturesque views of Skipwith Common National Nature Reserve with 265 hectares. You can find an abundance of plants and wildlife on this ancient reserve. Perfect for a family day out or walk with the dog.

If you’re looking at Purchasing a property in Barlby properties had an overall average price of £209,744 over the last year. A number of sales Barlby during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £241,460. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £181,219, with terraced properties fetching £167,417.

Burn: Burn is a village 3 miles from Selby. The village is mainly situated around the main A19 road with the addition of a small housing estate built in the mid-1960s to the west of the main road. The village comprises of around 190 houses, The Wheatsheaf Pub, Burn Methodist Chapel, and the thriving Burn Cricket Club. Pay a visit to the Burn Gliding Club based on Burn Airfield, made famous due to the presence of the 578 Squadron during WW2. And in October 2012 the village saw a memorial unveiled in memory of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 431 (Iroquois) Squadron, founded at Burn in November 1942. Properties in Burn had an overall average price of £350,000 over the last year.

Hemingbrough:  Hemingbrough is situated 5 miles from Selby. One of the larger villages in the area, Hemingbrough has a great mix of beautiful properties. Whether you’re looking for period homes full of character to cosy terraces, complete with an abundance of local amenities you can find it all in Hemingbrough.

And if that hasn’t already sold it to you take a walk along the stunning River Ouse and breath in the nature and idyllic views.

If you’re looking to buy in Hemingbrough, properties sold for an overall average price of £250,462 over the last year. A majority of sales during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £323,125. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £167,100, with terraced properties fetching £242,000.

Things to do in Selby

Selby Abbey

Travel back in time and visit Selby Abbey. Selby Abbey is an Anglican parish church in the town of Selby, North Yorkshire, England. It is Grade I listed.  Selby Abbey has served the local community for over 950 years. The Abbey has a rich and diverse heritage waiting to be explored. Hosting regular services as well as cultural events, concerts, children’s activities, and tours there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Barlow Common Nature Reserve

Get back to nature at Barlow Common Nature Reserve. It’s superb to walk around for the peace and tranquillity.  There are plenty of opportunities to see wildlife including rabbits, cuckoos, buzzards, kites, and all sorts of creepy crawlies.  There are a couple of lakes you can sit by and watch the world go by. There are several picnic tables as well as lovely areas for enjoying a picnic.  Suitable for cycling around with only a few hilly areas. There are lots of little tracks you can venture into and enjoy.  Parking and toilets* normally available.

*Toilets not available currently due to COVID-19.

Brayton Barff

Brayton Barff is another scenic spot. This a beautiful circular walk is popular with dog walkers and joggers alike.  A slow amble will take you around an hour. A path has been laid in recent years to guide you round as well as assist with disabled scooters.

The canopy of the area gives good cover when raining as the path keeps quite dry.  There is a reservoir at the top but requires a climb to reach if you are feeling fit, lovely for children.

Dogs enjoy the area safely exploring off the lead* small paths are covered in bushes and leaves. Halfway round there is a small field with a seat where families can enjoy a picnic or a bit of football.  Free parking is available.

*One area takes you close to the road and there is an open gate onto the road so care should be taken with dogs running free at this spot.

Selby Leisure Centre

Visit Selby Leisure Centre complete with swimming pools, sports pitches, multi-purpose hall and a top-of-the-range gym with everything you need to get fit, tone up and feel fantastic. There are dozens of exercise classes every week as well as a dedicated indoor cycling studio. Once you’re finished working out sit back and chill out in the relaxation suite featuring steam/sauna.

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids entertained, then look no further than the Summit Indoor Adventure park. Featuring climbing walls, adventure play, aerial trek, ride & skate, and 10 Pin bowling. Adults can take a break and relax at the bar. Carry on the fun and enjoy tasty treats in the diner.

Selby Park

Selby Park is a popular five-acre park is available for events and activities. Performances from some of Yorkshire’s top brass bands take place during the summer months on the traditional park bandstand in the shadow of the famous Selby Abbey.  The park also has a pavilion open from April to October with a variety of beautiful blooms, play area for small children, bowling green, mini golf, and picnic tables/seating.

Market Cross Shopping Centre

Hit the shops at Market Cross Shopping Centre situated between Market Place and the Morrisons supermarket in Selby town centre. The centre is anchored by Home Bargains – other retailers include Holland and Barrett, Costa Coffee, Yorkshire Bank, The Works, and Savers. There are also some great local firms including such as The Meat Master and The Greengrocer. There’s also an array of shops along the high street including Newlook, Bonmarché, and Superdrug.

Dining Out

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the array of coffee shops and cafes in Selby. Take a trip to The Little Coffee House along Brook St, offering mouth watering cakes in a variety of flavours. If sweet treats aren’t your thing tuck into their ever-popular ploughman’s. The Hub situated along Market Cross is the perfect place if you’re looking a full English breakfast with all the trimmings.

Looking to dine out in the evening? Selby’s nightlife has a lot to offer. Head to the Olive Branch restaurant serving delicious Turkish Cuisine in a cosy setting. Another great spot is Sapori74 a Mediterranean/ Italian restaurant offering larger than life pizzas, you won’t be leaving hungry. If you’re after a big night out catch the train to Leeds from Selby station in around 20 minutes!

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