A 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.
Full details of dates when there is access to Imber and when St Giles Church is open to visitors is kept up to date on the St Giles Church web site www.imberchurch.org.uk
Map & Directions
7 miles from Warminster, off A362.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest station: Westbury (5.9 miles).
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
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- HawaiiSeaDogHawaiiTrip Type:CouplesJust one word - "Excellent"Monday, 20th August 2018We have waited for ages to make the visit which was well worth it. All the guides and everyone at the church was so kind and helpful. A bonus was all the old London buses so we had great views of the... Read full review
- myra bSouthampton, United KingdomTime gone byMonday, 19th August 2019Visited here on one of the few open access days to the village of Imber taken over by the military during the second world war. We travelled from Warminster on one of fascinating visit and hats off... Read full review
- pauld267Bath, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesFantasticSunday, 29th December 2019Went here on one of the open days over Christmas as it's usually closed as it's on the mod training site. Wonderful and very enjoyable. Nice place to walk around very well kept. Loads of... Read full review