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. 

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

Upcoming Events

Artists’ Day at Selby Abbey

Date: 2 March 2019

Time: 10am - 4pm

An invitation to all artists to come and visit Selby Abbey and use their skills to record the fascinating detail of craftsmen of earlier generations.

Open to artists of all ages and abilities – painters, photographers, sculptors, sketchers etc.

Simply turn up at any time on the day with your equipment – no need to book and admission is free.

Artist-in-residence   –   Chris Luker of Cawood Art Club

There will also be an exhibition of works by local artist Steve Kelly (www.stevekellysculpture.co.uk)

Participants are also invited to bring along examples of their previous work for exhibition on the day.

For further information tel. Selby Abbey Office 01757 703123 or e- mail office@selbyabbey.org.uk

Charity Gala Concert

Date: 16 March 2019

Time: Matinee 2pm - 5pm & Evening 7pm - 10pm

Celebrating the talent of Selby District in the 950th anniversary year of Selby Abbey. In aid of Save the Children, Peter Pan Nursery and Selby Abbey. Only 425 tickets available for each show.

Tickets £15, £10 and £5 available online www.thelittleboxoffice.com/SelbyDCChairman or from Selby District Council Civil Centre, Selby Times Office and Selby Abbey.

A Spring Celebration of Music

Date: 6 April 2019

Time: 7.30pm

Location: Selby Abbey

The Fairburn Singers in concert with Castleford Choral Society invite you to ‘A Spring Celebration of Music’. Tickets £10 (refreshments available) from Selby Abbey Office.

Please see Notice Board for more information. Tickets available from the Gift Shop or you may pay on the door on the evening.

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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