Welcome to Selby Abbey

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.

Christmas at Selby Abbey 2018

Sunday 16th December
6.30 pm ‘Carols by Candlelight’
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

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

Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day)
8.00 am Holy Communion
10.00 am Sung Eucharist

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. Please take a few minutes to complete our short survey which will help us achieve our aim.

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 page.

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Upcoming Events

Saturday 8 December, 7.30pm
A Christmas Celebration

The Fairburn Singers with guest soloist Emily Stevenson (Soprano) invite you to a Christmas celebration of carols and seasonal music. Refreshments available. Tickets £10 from Selby Abbey office or Terry Rowley 07821 603221/ 01977 278634. Download the poster.

Friday 7 December, 6.30 - 8.00pm
Carols at Selby Abbey Christian Aid's Big Christmas Sing

Featuring performances from local schools and organisations. Enjoy a spectacular Christmas Concert in a magical setting to help bring peace to communities around the world. Tickets are available on the door: suggested donation £5; children free. For more information contact Steph Cooper Call: 0113 244 4764 Email: leeds@christian-aid.org or go to https://www.christianaid.org.uk/getinvolved-locally/yorkshire or download the poster.

Please see Notice Board for more information. Tickets available for Concerts from the Gift Shop (where applicable)* or you may pay on the door on the evening.


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)
20.00 'After 8' in the Abbey
A lively service aimed at the young and the young at heart, giving opportunities to worship together as we explore what the Christian faith means in today’s world.
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