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.


It’s good to see that Selby is playing a part in providing a safe home for several families from parts of the world that are not so lucky. Those families have brought with them their culture, some sad memories and also a great deal of talent. Both Selby Abbey and Selby Library have broadened Selby’s warm welcome by offering to host a small exhibition of crafts created by Syrians and one Iraqi which is well worth a visit. There will even be an Eiffel Tower taller than anyone looking at it! The exhibition will run firstly in the Abbey for a week beginning on Wednesday 29th August. Later it will move across to Selby Library for a further week from Wednesday 3rd October.

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

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Upcoming Events

Friday 14th September at 7.00pm
Battle of the Organs featuring D’Arcy Trinkwon and John Scott Whiteley. Admission Free with retiring collection. 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

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)
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