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Selby Abbey

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Address: The Crescent, Selby YO8 4PU, England
Phone Number: +44(0)1757 703123
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Well worth a visit

Entry to the abbey is free. The architecture is really good and the colours on some of the stained glass windows are stunning e.g. the one showing images of World War One... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Paignton, United Kingdom
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Paignton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Entry to the abbey is free. The architecture is really good and the colours on some of the stained glass windows are stunning e.g. the one showing images of World War One soldiers. Likewise, the stone carvings are really well done and very interesting. Overall, one of the better and more interesting churches I've visited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

got an hour to spare then why not visit selby abbey you wont be disappointed a lot to see try to find someone to show you all the little features that might miss if you go it alone. well worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The Abbey is a historic land mark which has and is under going repairs to its structure. My visit was to read my dads entry in the book of rememberence. If you come to selby you should take time to visit this beautiful piece of history and have a coffee in the gift shop

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Selby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

beautiful abbey and very quick service was lovly surroundings and very exquisite the vicar was lovly and welcoming too

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

What a remarkable place Selby Abbey is with a fine history and many interesting features. From the lepers peep hole to the 'Stars and Stripes' leaded window - excellent. George Washington's ancestors were from Selby apparently and it is their coat of arms - the stars and stripes which later became the the basis of America's national flag.

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Beverley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

An interesting and impressive building. There is plenty of information all around the abbey, so you can wander round and see the unique features, such as the leper's squint and the window that inspired the American flag! There's an interesting display of Maundy money, and the carvings all around have hidden animals to look out for

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Selby, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

For many people the historic side of this Abbey is missing. King Henry 1st was born here, and it was also the home of the Washington family, who moved to the USA taking the origin of the Stars and Stripes flag with them. The original stained glass window still pride of place in the windows of the Abbey. The crypt... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Visited many times as our Daughter lives in Selby. The abbey is very large inside and many volunteers on hand to help with any queries. Nice gift shop selling unusual things I purchased a greeting card and thimble. They hold coffee mornings regularly with good cakes. If in the town a visit is well worth while.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lovely, peaceful place to visit and to admire the fabulous workmanship. Great to see the ongoing work around the Abbey and tea room is great for refreshments.

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Selby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Selby is worth a visit in its own right but all visitors should make an effort to go inside the Abbey. It is an imposing but welcoming space - don't miss it out

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