Last Updated 05 Aug 2022


Public access is granted for up to 50 days in each year, however, as a rule the number of days granted falls well short of the maximum. Public notices are posted on the Ministry of Defence website and in the local press. Access is usually granted during the Easter and Christmas/New Year periods; also, during August. The military training programme will dictate dates of public access in any one year. 




The Imberbus Day will be held on Saturday 20th August.

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Imberbus goes ahead on Saturday 20th August 2022 despite a possible rail strike. To support the car-free day and its charities, the transport industry has come together to offer not only scheduled bus services to Warminster and Tilshead from Bath, Salisbury, Frome, Devizes and other places, but a unique special National Express coach directly to Imber from London Victoria and Basingstoke, and special coach excursions from Hammersmith, Dorchester & Weymouth, a vintage bus trip from Bristol, and more options to come, to enable people to enjoy the day out and contribute to Imberbus charities. Travel details from; please book coach seats early, before they run out!

The organisers are also planning additional car parking at Sack Hill. The SPTA and the roads to Imber will still be for buses only (no cars, cycles or pedestrians) on that day. Further details of additional arrangements can be found at

Please note that as in 2021 this will be a bus only day. The frequent timetabled buses from Warminster will be the only means of access to Imber and the roads normally closed to the general public. 
To enable the buses to operate to time and without hindrance, no other forms of transport, including bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians will be permitted. This has been agreed with the Ministry of Defence.
The church will be open from 10am (1000 hrs) until 6pm (1800 hrs). Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits will be available at modest cost; also, the usual selection of Imber-related merchandise.
For details of bus timings please visit:  Please address any questions you may have about the Imber Bus Day to the website and not to the St Giles Church contact.  The Friends of Imber Church are not responsible for the operation of the buses on the day.
PLEASE NOTE:  Due to a major military exercise taking place after the Imber Bus Day there will be no further open days during the month of August.


Further Events in 2022


We anticipate that the roads and the church will be open between Christmas and the New Year. Once agreed with the Ministry of Defence these dates will be confirmed here and on our web site. Provisionally the Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday 12th November at 1050 hours and the Festival of Carols on Saturday 17th December at 1430 hours. Details in due course.

Have you Questions about visiting St Giles Church ?
You may have questions about your proposed visit to Imber and St Giles Church when it is open in the future.  We have a section that aims to answer all your questions so please click here to go to the FAQs Section

Withdrawal of Access

The Ministry of Defence may withdraw access to Imber for operational reasons at short notice.  Please check here near to the time you wish to visit as we will post any changes as soon as possible after we are made aware of them.  We cannot be held responsible for nugatory travel or accommodation expenses in the event that the MoD refuses access to Imber.


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