Welcome to Selby Abbey

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.

VERGER (part-time)

Looking after the building and those who come through its doors in this busy town centre church that is open daily.

For a job description and application form please contact the Abbey Office: office@selbyabbey.org.uk. Closing date for applications: 5th October 2018 Enhanced DBS disclosure required

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. Please take a few minutes to complete our short survey which will help us achieve our aim.

Free Lunchtime Organ Recitals

After the success of the 2016 and 2017 Recital Series, the Selby Abbey Trust has arranged a series of FREE Celebrity Organ Recitals in 2018. Find out more

Battle of the Organs – Selby Abbey 2018

Regent Classic Organs invite you to the Battle of the Organs at Selby Abbey on the 14th September 2018 at 7.00pm. John Scott Whiteley and D’Arcy Trinkwon will battle it out on the Abbey’s magnificently restored Hill organ and a new Regent Classic Organ that is a replica of a 1930’s Skinner organ console.

Visit the Regent Classic Organs website for more details

Selby Abbey Data Privacy Notice

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Upcoming Events

Saturday 22nd September 2018
The 1ST Annual Our World Matters Fesitval. All activities 1-5pm, Food 5-6pm, Worship from 6-8pm. With Bands, Choirs, Talks, Theatre/Spoken Word & Art. Free event! Donations Welcome. Download poster

Saturday 29th September 7.30pm
Charity Concert. Featuring Gareth Malone's BBC Pitch Battle Winners "Leeds Contemporary Singers" & the Yorkshire Volunteers Band. Standard tickets £10, VIP tickets (inc refreshments & priority seating) £15. Available from Selby Abbey, Access Selby, Selby District Council 01757 292116 or direct from the chairman, Councillor David Buckle 01977 681 412. Download poster

29th & 30th September
A joyous celebration of peace as part of the commemoration of the end of World War One. For more details please download the poster

Saturday 6th October 10.00am to 4.00pm
Artists’ Day at Selby Abbey. An invitation to all artists to come and visit Selby Abbey for the day and use your skills to record the fascinating detail of craftsmen of earlier generations. Open to artists of all ages and abilities – painters, photographers, sculptors, sketchers etc. Simply turn up on the day with your equipment – no need to book and admission is free. Artist-in-residence, Chris Luker of Cawood Art Club. There will also be an exhibition of works by members of Cawood Art Club. Participants are also invited to bring along examples of their previous work for exhibition on the day. For further information tel. Selby Abbey Office 01757 703123 or e- mail office@selbyabbey.org.uk

Saturday 6th October 7.30pm
Generation Groove presents 'Last Night at the Proms' with special guests Steve Cassidy & Community Chorus. An evening of music from the silver screen culminating in a special WW1 and 100 years of the RAF tribute before our Last Night of the Proms finish. Tickets £7.50 available from Selby Abbey & Larch Music 01904 765 900. For more details please download the poster.

Wednesday 10th October 8pm
Come & sing at Selby Abbey - Massed Voices to commemorate the centenary of the end World War One. Sir Karl Jenkins 'The Armed Man' - A Mass for Peace. Audience tickets £10 available online from www.primachoralartists.com, call 07809 401164 or on the door from 7.30pm. For more details please download the poster.

Please see Notice Board for more information. Tickets available for Concerts from the Gift Shop (where applicable)* or you may pay on the door on the evening.


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)
20.00 'After 8' in the Abbey
A lively service aimed at the young and the young at heart, giving opportunities to worship together as we explore what the Christian faith means in today’s world.
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