AboutA church left over from a ghost village.
This lovely 13th-century church stands in rolling downland deep inside the military training area of Salisbury Plain. It is all that remains of the ghost village of Imber (now just abandoned houses), which was evacuated for military training purposes in 1943. The distinctive 14th-century tower has five pinnacles. The interior, divested of its fittings, allows you to appreciate the architecture and atmosphere of this unique church, as well as the remains of Medieval wallpaintings of a rare depiction of the Seven Deadly Sins and a set of 17th-century bell ringing changes painted on the north wall of the tower. Outside the sloping churchyard contains fine 17th-and 18th-century tomb chests.
This church is only open occasionally to visitors.
As St Giles is in Battle Training Area access by the public is only possible on specific dates. Please call 07968 242075 for details of when the next available open date will be.
Map & Directions
7 miles from Warminster, off A362.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest station: Westbury (5.9 miles).
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good8
- Claire FTrip Type:CouplesA different day out!Wednesday, 22nd February 2017Happened to spot this was open to the public and finally got to visit. Really interesting walk around the village looking at the buildings. Was a nice sunny day so we were able to have a picnic by... Read full review
- bollybooSalisbury, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyGood for all ages and a bit of a walkSunday, 8th January 2017Great afternoon spent nosing about. A bit of a shame so much has been removed from this deserted village, but all the same, interesting for the kids and grown ups. It was so busy over the Christmas... Read full review
- Phil HTrip Type:Solo travelThe lost churchThursday, 29th December 2016Imber Village is only open at a few times during the year, check out their website, but is well worth the visit to see the rarely available village now used by the Army for FIBUA (fighting in built... Read full review