Welcome to Selby Abbey

Inspiring 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. 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.

What’s New on Our Website

Selby Abbey is looking to secure Heritage Lottery Funds to undertake urgent repairs to the roof and stonework of this important building. The funding will enable the abbey to improve how it tells the story of its 950 year history and will help people benefit more from its facilities. 

Job vacancy – Director of Music

Selby Abbey is looking for a skilled and enthusiastic person to work alongside the vicar and others in leading worship at Selby Abbey through providing music, directing the choir and encouraging congregational singing.

Download the job description

Shop & Donate

Funds raised from the sale of our Organ Master Series CDs and DVDs will be used to assist the work of the Selby Abbey 950 Roof Appeal.

Visit our Shop & Donate website

Icon Writing Prayer Retreat at Selby Abbey

Revd Canon Ian Holdsworth of the Yorkshire Icon School will be leading two Icon painting courses at Selby Abbey. Course dates are: A: Tuesdays – April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19 B: Wednesdays – Mar 11, Apr 1, May 13, Jun 3, Jul 8.

To find out more and book your place download the form.

Upcoming Events

Northallerton Male Voice Choir Concert

Date: 7 March 2020

Time: 7.30pm


Pet Service

Date: 14 March 2020

Time: 2pm


All furred and feathered creatures welcome.

Chairman of Selby District Charity Concert

Date: 14 March 2020

Time: 7.30pm


Bank Holiday Craft Fayre

Date: 13 April 2020


Organ Recital: John Scott- Whiteley

Date: 2 May 2020

Time: 7.30pm


VE Celebratory Concert featuring Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Date: 9 May 2020

Time: 7.30pm


‘Songs from the Shows’ Concert

Date: 16 May 2020

Time: 7.30pm


Bank Holiday Craft Fayre

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‘Hands of Hope’ Charity Auction

Date: 6 June 2020

Time: 6pm


Selby Abbey Celebrity Recitals

Date: 9 June 2020

Time: 12.30pm


Jane Parker-Smith

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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)
18.30 Evensong (said) 
(2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday of the month)
11.30 Wholeness & Peace
(2nd Monday of the month)
12.00 Holy Communion
10.00 Abbey Tots 
(1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month)
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.

Upcoming Children’s Events

Children’s Event: Pancake Party

Date: 25 February 2020

Time: 6pm to 7pm


Free pancakes for all ages, plus games and crafts. 

Children’s Holiday Club: Easter Abbey Explorers

Start date: 8 April 2020

End date: 9 April 2020

Time: 10am to 3pm on both days


For ages 6-12 years.