Visit Selby Abbey

We love to welcome visitors both returning and new to the Abbey. Our friendly welcomers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have upon arrival and throughout your visit with us. There is plenty to do and discover:

  • World famous stained glass
  • Medieval architecture
  • Hidden gems such as lepers squint and encased carvings
  • Light a candle for a loved one
  • Children’s trial
  • Free guided tours
  • Place for reflection and contemplation
  • Private and public worship (everyone welcome)

For more information, please see our guidebook that can be purchased here.

Did you know?

It costs us over £1000 per day to open the Abbey. Your donations are greatly appreciated and go directly to supporting the Abbey, our heritage and the local community.

Entry

The Abbey is free to enter for all.

Opening Times

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.

How to Find Us

The Abbey is located at the heart of Selby town. Five minutes’ walk from the train and bus stations and two minutes’ walk from the nearest bus stop and car park.

Bus

Arriva bus services operate from Selby, offering services to and from York, Goole, Cawood, Leeds, Doncaster, Pontefract, as well as surrounding villages and towns passing through the routes.

Bus timetables can be accessed here: https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/yorkshire/explore/selby/

Train

Selby is a main stop on the Transpennine, Northern Rail and Hull Trains services. Services from Hull, Leeds, Manchester, York, and London as well as further afield and connecting services stop regularly. Train times are available at your local station or through various online platforms.

Car

Selby Abbey is located in the centre of Selby, a town located less than thirty minutes from the centre of York. The town is a short distance from both the M62, A1(M) and A19, making it incredibly easy to access from various destinations.

There is no public parking at the Abbey. There are, however, multiple car parks available for use across Selby town that are a short walk from the Abbey.

A map of all car parks can be accessed here.

Additional Information

Cyclists and bikes are welcome in the Abbey. We are happy to store bikes inside our entrance to keep them safe. A welcomer should be able to assist you on arrival as to the best place to secure them.

We love to meet your furry friends. The Abbey is dog friendly, and they are welcome in the coffee shop also. Please keep your dogs on short leads whilst in the Abbey.

We regularly have events and activities running at the Abbey so why not check out our What’s On page!

Visit Selby Abbey