Snaith is a small town between Goole and Selby and historically very important. The most dominating landmark is the church, but it is also famous for the Old Mill brewery and it’s narrow, York-like streets. Locally the area is known as the 'Three Rivers', the river Aire runs close to the town, to the east is the Ouse, whilst the Aire & Calder Navigation is to the South and a little to the West lie the meandering waters of the Selby Canal. Snaith was a busy port in medieval times with a harbour and a ferry.
Snaith is an old town, its market charter was granted in 1223 and although no market exists today the town continues to be a thriving place attracting visitors from miles around. It has five pubs, and a number of individual shops run mostly by the owner/occupier who gives you friendly, personal attention.
The town is made more picturesque by the tidal River Aire running close by. Of the number of pleasant buildings to be seen the most notable is the ancient parish church dedicated to St. Lawrence. This is a fine church dating from 1086, standing on the site of an earlier Saxon church of which almost nothing remains. The church is rich in church treasures which include monuments and fragments of early stained glass. The church is located in a peaceful tree-lined churchyard adjacent to what was once the old Buttermarket. Nothing is left of the butter booths, but the old "penny lock-up's' have been restored and are used as exhibition galleries. The lock-up is an 18th Century Grade II listed building which may have been used by the church or by the local constables if they had trouble from outsiders during market days who then had to pay a penny to get out!
The old vicarage opposite the church is now converted into an interesting art and craft centre.
Snaith is ideally placed for touring the Ridings of Yorkshire, it gives good access to the cities of Leeds, Doncaster, York, Hull and Sheffield, and the towns of Selby, Goole and Pontefract where there is a race course.
The region has lots of pleasant villages to explore, is excellent for fishing and boating, and visitors can enjoy quiet riverside walks whilst watching river and canal wildlife. The area offers golf, and other sporting facilities can be found in local leisure centre. Snaith Sports hall was built in 1996 with financial assistance from the sports council and the lottery commission, the centre is a non-profit making charity totally independent from the school and run by the Staff while being overseen by the trustees and committee members of the building.