Welcome to Selby Abbey

Welcome to Selby Abbey

Iconic architecture; sacred space and a vibrant worshiping community make Selby Abbey the place it is today. Men and women have worshiped here and served the wider community for over 900 years. Selby is a small Yorkshire town, 12 miles South of York with one of the most superb Abbey churches to be found anywhere in England. Selby Abbey is often called the hidden Gem of Yorkshire as no other church has the size, the age or the beauty that makes this building so unique. The Abbey is not just a building it is a living and vibrant part of the local community yet provides space that allow the visitor and the worshiper alike to find peace, tranquillity and the very presence of God.

Throughout its long and turbulent history the Abbey has undergone many changes and therefore never stands still. We look forward to welcoming you to this very grand building and hope you will enjoy it for its history, its architecture and its space but above all for an encounter with God.


Featured Events at the Abbey

Saturday 8th July at 7.30 pm
'The Friends of Selby Abbey'

Presents ‘The Tuesday Singers’

Tuesday 11th July at 12.30 pm
Lunchtime Celebrity Recital

Peter van de Velde (Antwerp Cathedral)
Admission Free

Saturday 15th July at 7.30 pm
York Light Orchestra

Tuesday 18th July at 12.30 pm
Lunchtime Celebrity Recital

Kevin Bowyer (University of Glasgow)
Admission Free

Wednesday 19th July at 7.30 pm
City of Leeds Youth Orchestra

Tuesday 25th July at 12.30 pm
Lunchtime Celebrity Recital

Franz Hauk (Ingolstadt)
Admission Free

Tuesday 1st August at 12.30 pm
Lunchtime Celebrity Recital

Paul Hale (Southwell Minster)
Admission Free

Tuesday 8th August at 12.30 pm
Lunchtime Celebrity Recital

Phillippe Lefebvre (Notre Dame de Paris)
Admission Free

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Service Times

08.00 Holy Communion
10.00 Sung Eucharist
16.00 Family Fun Time @ the Abbey
(2nd Sunday of the month)
18.30 Choral Evensong
(1st & 3rd Sunday of the month – see notice sheet for 5th Sunday)
11.30 Wholeness & Peace
(2nd Monday of the month)
12.00 Holy Communion
11.30 Taize Service
(Last Wednesday of the month)
10.00 Holy Communion
12.00 Midday Prayer

The Abbey is open to visitors daily 09.00 to 16.00.

The Abbey Coffee Shop is open most days between 10am - 3pm, serving hot buttered teacakes, cakes, hot chocolate, cup of soup, tea and coffee.

Children's Church

The Children's Church meets during the 10am Sunday Eucharist. Download poster