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 website

Free lunchtime organ recitals

After the success of the annual Recital Series since 2015, the Selby Abbey Trust has arranged a series of FREE 2019 Celebrity Organ Recitals to be performed on the historic William Hill Organ from the nave console.

This prestigious series of concerts will feature cathedral and concert organists from the UK and from Europe who are among the most distinguished performers in the world.

Visit the Selby Abbey Organ website to view the programme

Upcoming Events

Abbey Explorers Holiday Club

Start date: 22 July 2019

End date: 26 July 2019

Time: 10am - 3pm Daily

Location: Selby Abbey

Bible stories, crafts, games, fun and a day trip out to Clumber Park!

For more information please contact Karen Banks – karen.banks2@btopenworld.com / 07753826209 

Lunchtime Chamber Choir Concert at Selby Abbey

Date: 24 July 2019

Time: 12.30pm

Lunchtime Chamber Choir Concert at Selby Abbey

Fresh from recent appearances at the Llangollen International Musical Eistedfodd and Buxton Festival Fringe and heading for a sellout concert at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Voci Voices, a chamber choir of classically trained singers, will perform a short lunchtime concert of sacred music, traditional and evergreen in Selby Abbey on Wednesday 24th July at 12.30pm.

The concert, part of Selby Abbey’s 950 Celebrations, will include works by Karl Jenkins, Schubert, Rossini, Vivaldi, Donizetti and others.

Admission is free and the retiring collection will support the work of Selby Abbey.

Selby Abbey Drama Holiday Club ‘Sherlock and Cinders’

Start date: 5 August 2019

End date: 9 August 2019

Time: 10am - 3pm Daily with 7pm performance on 9th August

Location: Selby Abbey

Join us to perform this musical in a week!

Cost £25 including T-shirt

For more information please contact Karen Banks – karen.banks2@btopenworld.com / 07753826209 

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