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St Olave’s Church in York was the first church in the world to be dedicated to St Olav, patron saint of Norway. It is a growing church which is open every day from 8.30am until dusk. Coming soon – the churchyard will be open to the public. This is an area previously hidden from view.

The life of St Olave's is centred on the Sunday sung eucharist, with a liberal catholic focus in liturgy and belief. Set beside the ruins of one of England's greatest medieval abbeys, and the first church in the world to be dedicated St Olav the patron saint of Norway. The largely 15th century church is one of the many glories of the city.
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St Olave's seeks to be inclusive, seeking to bring Christ into the world as an expression of his love. Within a formal style of worship in the mainstream tradition of the Church of England with a strong choral emphasis at the main Sunday service, we seek to reach out to all ages and there is a strong commitment to work with children and young people.

Opening details

The church is open daily from around 8.30am to dusk. We rely on volunteers to open and close the church.

Sundays at 8.30 am A short, traditional, said Eucharist
Sundays at 10.30 am A Sung Eucharist where everyone is welcome. Worship is enhanced by the beautiful music from the fine organ and the choir. Come and See. Sunday School meets during the service.
Fridays at 12 noon A said Eucharist following the pattern of Common Worship. Lasts around 30 minutes.


Free entry



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Map reference: SE 598522  Lat: 53.96242 Long: -1.09002


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