Selby Abbey

Glorious Selby Abbey has stood in the centre of Selby for over 950 years.

About this church

Selby Abbey is one of England’s great monastic churches, built in what is now the heart of Selby town centre.

Boasting over 950 years of history, the Abbey is renowned for its impressive architecture, incredible stained glass, and breath taking beauty. Filled with quirky features the Abbey is one of the only surviving churches with a ‘lepers’ squint’ and home to what is said to be the second finest stained glass window in Britain (Jesse Window).

There is plenty to do for adults and children alike, with a family trail and children’s table to keep the kids entertained. Free to enter, the Abbey prides itself on being accessible. There is an in depth accessibility guide available on the website and welcomers are always on hand to make sure your visit is enjoyable and provide you with any information you may need.

Staff and volunteers aim to provide a warm welcome and love to meet your furry friends (please keep them on a lead when in the Abbey). Dogs are also welcome in our coffee and gift shop which serves locally sourced light refreshments, gifts, books, and souvenirs. There are regular tours, led by expert Abbey tour guides, who would love to share the amazing heritage and history of the building and its community. Group tours, private tours and bespoke tours can be booked through the office and you can check the Abbey’s website for detailed information regarding tour dates, bookings, and specialty tours.

We hope to welcome you soon!

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access throughout
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Café in church
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike
  • Wifi
  • Church shop or souvenirs

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