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 3rd December - From 10am
Selby Abbey Christmas Fayre. Raffles, Various Stalls, Craft Stalls, Refreshments. See Father Christmas from 11am. Download poster.

Sunday 4th December
4pm - Christingle Service
6.30pm - Music for Advent & Christmas sung by the Choir

Saturday 10th December - 6.30pm
A Christian Aid Big Christmas Sing. Tickets £5 (children free) Download poster.

Sunday 11th December - 4.30 pm
'Light up a Life' Memorial Service with St Leonard’s Hospice

Sunday 18th December - 6.30pm
'Carols by Candlelight' a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve)
4.00pm - Children’s Crib Service
11.00pm - Midnight Mass

Sunday 25th December (Christmas Day)
8.00am - Holy Communion
10.00am - Sung Eucharist
Also 9.00am - Holy Communion at St Richard’s Centre, Barwic Parade

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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