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

Christmas Fair

Date: 30 November 2019

Time: 10am

Advent Sunday: Christingle Service

Date: 1 December 2019

Time: 4pm

Advent Sunday: Readings and Music for Advent

Date: 1 December 2019

Time: 6.30pm

Advent Reflections

Date: 3 December 2019

Time: 12.00

Location: Selby Abbey

Barefoot piano prayers presents Advent Reflections – solo piano music to soothe the soul written and performed by Catherine E. Holbrook.

Piano Meditations for Advent

Date: 3 December 2019

Time: 12 noon

Christian Aid ‘Big Sing’ Christmas Concert

Date: 6 December 2019

Time: 6.30pm

‘Light up a Life’ with St Leonard’s Hospice

Date: 8 December 2019

Time: 4pm

Radio York Carol Service

Date: 11 December 2019

Time: 7pm

Concert: Fairburn Singers

Date: 14 December 2019

Time: 7.30pm

Concert: ‘Brass at Christmas’

Date: 20 December 2019

Time: 7.30pm

Download Advent & Christmas at Selby Abbey 2019 events list
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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