If you are planning on travelling with us this year, the following additional information may help you enjoy your day:
How do I get to Warminster ?
What time do the buses run ?
Buses will depart from Warminster to Imber approximately every 15 minutes between 9.30am and 5pm, with at least two vehicles allocated to most departures to ensure that no-one is left behind. On arrival at Imber, many of the buses then continue on to other points on Salisbury plain, connecting en route at Gore Cross to enable passengers to change buses.
The exact timetable for our service changes slightly each year and is published on this website approximately one month before the event takes place.
How much does it cost to travel on Imberbus and do I need to book a seat ?
To enable you to explore the Imberbus services in an affordable way, we offer an all day ticket at a cost of £10 per adult, with up to 3 children being allowed to accompany each adult for the bargain fare of just £1 each. However, ordinary bus fares are also available and so if you just wish to travel from Warminster to visit the 16th century St Giles’ Church at Imber, you can purchase an ordinary single ticket for just £2 each way.
Please note that because Imberbus operates as an ordinary bus service, you do not need to pre-book a seat – just turn up and pay the conductor on the bus. We regret, however, that Concessionary bus passes cannot be used to travel free of charge on the Imberbus service.
Where can I go when I get to Imber ?
The main attraction at Imber is the 16th century St Giles’ Church which is run by The Friends of St Giles, all of whom are volunteers. This is the only building in the village that is open to the public and is well worth visiting. As our buses run frequently through Imber, most of our passengers spend about 30 minutes to an hour at Imber, then board another Imberbus to view other parts of Salisbury Plain.
It should be noted that whilst in the military area, access is limited to the following:
- The “main road” that runs from Warminster through Imber to Gore Cross;
- Imber Church and the path and field between it and the main road;
- The road that runs north from near Imber to Bratton;
- The road that runs south from Imber towards Heytesbury;
- The Imber Range Perimeter Path (open all year round).
Please note that all other roads, paths, buildings and fields are strictly off-limits – this particularly applies to the burnt out tanks and the “houses” at Imber, most of which were constructed by the military for training purposes and are not original.
Where will I be able to get something to eat or drink ?
Light refreshments will be available inside Imber Church and at Chitterne Village Hall. The buffet at Warminster Station and some of the cafes in the town centre will also be open and Cream Teas will be served at the Museum in Market Lavington. You might also want to sample one of the country pubs along the route – our route to Chitterne stops right outside the Rose and Crown at Tilshead which offers sandwiches and hot meals as well as beer, and our buses pass near to other hostelries at Market Lavington, West Lavington and Chitterne which are expected to be open for all or part of the day.
What other facilities are available at Imber
The short answer is almost nothing! As Imber is normally closed to the public there are no shops, no permanent toilets, no electricity and no mobile phone or internet signal. We therefore strongly recommend that you prepare for this before you board the bus (the nearest public toilets will be at Warminster Station and alongside Warminster Central Car Park).
Where can I go after visiting Imber ?
On leaving Imber, our buses carry on to Gore Cross (on the Salisbury-Devizes Road) where they continue either to Brazen Bottom, the Lavingtons and New Zealand Farm Camp; or through Tilshead to the small village of Chitterne. All the buses are designed to meet up at Gore Cross to allow passengers to swap between them (and to take a few photographs), so even with a short stop at Imber, it is possible to travel on our entire network in about 4 hours.
Can I get on or off at other places ?
Yes. The Imberbuses will stop at all bus stops along the route and also at any safe place along the military roads where no bus stops exist – just signal clearly to the driver as the bus approaches or if you are on the bus, tell the conductor in plenty of time where you want to get off. However if you are planning to leave a bus at a remote location, please check the timetable carefully for details of the next bus, as we would hate to leave anyone stranded. Please also remember that in the military area, all areas other than the road are out of bounds, however interesting and inviting they may look!
Are any of the buses wheelchair accessible ?
Although most of the Imberbuses are vintage ones with steps, we try to arrange for a few newer ones with wheelchair spaces to operate between Warminster and Imber as well. However be aware that the conditions at Imber are not ideal for wheelchairs and the path up to the church is quite steep in places. If you wish to travel with a wheelchair on the Imberbus service, please contact us a few weeks before the event so that we can tell you times that the wheelchair accessible buses will operate.
Can I take a Dog or a Pushchair ?
Well behaved dogs are allowed to travel on the Imberbuses at the discretion of the conductor, provided that they remain on the floor and keep off the seats.
We regret, however that as most journeys of our journeys are operated by vintage buses, it will normally only be possible to carry a pushchair if it can be folded up and stowed safely under the stairs.
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