Welcome to Selby Abbey


Inspiring architecture; sacred space and a vibrant worshipping community make Selby Abbey the place it is today. Men, women and children have worshipped 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 worshipper 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 wonderful building and hope you will enjoy it for its history, its architecture and its space but above all for an encounter with God.

Visiting: We are open for all visitors (including sightseeing) from 10.00am to 4.00pm daily and the Gift and Coffee Shop is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm (1.30 to 3.00pm on Sundays). Visiting may be restricted during service times or to certain parts of the Abbey for the time being.

Worship: There are two services of Holy Communion on Sunday and two more during the week. For more information, please see below under “Services of Public Worship” or for any additions to these, under “Sunday Sheet”.

The Sunday Sheet with a weekly reflection, bible readings and prayers is available to help people to pray and worship at home, especially those unable to join us in the Abbey as yet, and also includes notices about forthcoming events.

Ukraine: As well as praying for Ukraine in all our regular services and daily prayers, there will be a dedicated service of Prayer for Ukraine each Tuesday at 1.00pm. We will also be offering people the opportunity to come into the Abbey (whenever we are open) to collect yellow and blue ribbons to tie on our railings and to leave a donation for the Disaster Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal. (A prayer for Ukraine can be found below).

COVID Restrictions: face coverings are still recommended for the time being (especially near other people); some seating has been moved further apart to avoid crowding.”

Sunday Service

The 10.00am Sunday Service will be available to view online via the following YouTube link.

An order of service has been provided to help you follow and join in with the service: Download “Selby Abbey Sunday Service”

Donations Welcome

With your donation, we will continue to provide a welcoming, inspiring visitor experience to Selby Abbey. Maintaining free entry to the building, we will be able to develop on our 950 years of spiritual, cultural and economic support to the local community and for those further afield. We receive no direct financial support from the state or central church to preserve our historic building, and are therefore grateful for any donation you may be able to give to keep this magnificent Abbey at the heart of Selby both now and for future generations. 

Guided Tours

Join one of our guided tours, free of charge, with donations welcome. They will last a maximum of one hour and no booking is necessary, simply meet at the West Doors and one of our guides will show you the hidden gems of the Abbey. Dates and times can be found on the What’s On Calendar below. Alternatively, you can contact us to book a bespoke tour at a time to suit you. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Upcoming Events

‘One Off Brass’ Concert

A Brass Band Concert featuring Marches, light Classical, Sacred and Swing music plus instrumental and vocal solos. Musical Director Ian Wileman; Vocalists Gillian Sorrie and Brian Hillson.

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Join us for our free tour of Selby Abbey. Led by our expert guides you will discover our hidden treasures. No booking needed, just meet at the west door.

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William Jewell College Choir Concert

A free concert by the award winning Choir from Missouri, USA as part of their UK tour.

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Welcome to Selby Abbey
Welcome to Selby Abbey