Welcome to Selby Abbey

Selby Abbey Open

From 17th May, Selby Abbey will be open for all visitors (including sightseeing) from 10.00am to 4.00pm daily and the Gift and Coffee Shop will re-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.

Until 17th May we are only open for Public Worship (including funerals) and Individual (or family) Prayer (from 10.00am to 3.00pm).

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.


Sunday Service

The 10.30am Sunday Service will be available to view online via the following YouTube link. https://youtu.be/UUo9fSAx9Vg

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


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.

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. 

Book a Tour

Why not join one of our new guided tours, free of charge, with donations welcome. These will all be delivered with social distancing and we are limiting the numbers to 10 per tour to adhere to the current government guidance on tour guiding (which still allows for a maximum of 30). They will last a maximum of one hour and must be pre-booked so we can manage the numbers. Tickets can be booked online, we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Upcoming Events

Lunchtime Recital Featuring James O’Donnell

The Selby Abbey Trust has arranged a series of FREE Celebrity Organ Recitals to be performed on the historic William Hill Organ from the nave console. Featuring James O’Donnell from […]

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Free

Lunchtime Recital Featuring Aleksandr Nisse

The Selby Abbey Trust has arranged a series of FREE Celebrity Organ Recitals to be performed on the historic William Hill Organ from the nave console. Featuring Aleksandr Nisse from The Carmelite Church, Dublin.

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Free

Lunchtime Recital Featuring Benjamin Morris

The Selby Abbey Trust has arranged a series of FREE Celebrity Organ Recitals to be performed on the historic William Hill Organ from the nave console. Featuring Benjamin Morris from York Minster.

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Free

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Welcome to Selby Abbey
Welcome to Selby Abbey