What are UK bank holidays?

Keep calm and enjoy UK bank holidays.

UK bank holidays are a well-loved cultural institution, but it’s strange that an entire country shuts down when the bank has a day off. A bank holiday is basically the same as a public holiday or a religious holiday. Workplaces will close for the day in order to celebrate something or mark an occasion.

It is called a bank holiday because originally the banks would close. Every other business would be unable to operate without the banks, so they would close too.

Bank holidays and public holidays in 2019:

New Year’s Day 1 January
New Year Holiday 2 January Only a public holiday in Scotland
St Patrick’s Day 18 March Only a public holiday in Northern Ireland
Good Friday 19 April
Easter Monday 22 April This isn’t a public holiday in Scotland
May Day Bank Holiday 6 May
Spring Bank Holiday 27 May
Battle of the Boyne / Orangemen’s Day 12 July Only a public holiday in Northern Ireland
Summer Bank Holiday 26 August In Scotland this holiday is celebrated on the first Monday in August
St Andrew’s Day 2 December Only a public holiday in Scotland
Christmas Day 25 December
Boxing Day 26 December

 

If you live in Scotland you get an additional bank holiday on 30th Nov in remembrance of St Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland. The same goes for Northern Ireland on 17th March to celebrate St Patrick as well as 12th July to mark the Battle of Boyne.

St David’s Day in Wales and St George’s Day in England are not marked with a bank holiday.