What are the UK bank holidays in 2021?

Keep calm and enjoy UK bank holidays.

This article about UK bank holidays was updated by the Great British Mag content team on 17 February 2021.

The UK bank holiday is a well-loved cultural institution. A bank holiday is basically the same as a public holiday or a religious holiday – lots of workplaces will close for the day in order to celebrate something or mark an occasion, although restaurants, pubs and shops do still open, sometimes with reduced hours.

These days are called bank holidays they are when the banks would close for a break. Other businesses would be unable to operate without them, so they would close too, giving everyone a national holiday.

Bank holidays and public holidays in 2021:

New Year’s Day1 JanuaryUK-wide
2 January4 JanuaryOnly a public holiday in Scotland (Substitute day as 2 Jan is on a weekend)
St Patrick’s Day17 MarchOnly a public holiday in Northern Ireland
Good Friday2 AprilUK-wide
Easter Monday5 AprilEngland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Early May bank holiday3 MayUK-wide
Spring Bank Holiday31 MayUK-wide
Battle of the Boyne / Orangemen’s Day12 JulyOnly a public holiday in Northern Ireland
Summer Bank Holiday30 AugustIn Scotland, this is on 2 August
St Andrew’s Day30 NovemberOnly a public holiday in Scotland
Christmas Day27 DecemberUK-wide (Substitute day as 25 Dec is on a weekend)
Boxing Day28 DecemberUK-wide (Substitute day as 26 Dec is on a weekend)

As you can see, not all bank holidays are the same across the UK.

Scotland has a couple of extra bank holidays – 2 January and the day of St Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland, on 30 November – although it doesn’t mark Easter Monday like the rest of the UK.

Northern Ireland has the most bank holidays, marking all the same ones as England and Wales, as well St Patrick’s Day (to celebrate its Patron Saint) on 17 March and the Battle of Boyne on 12 July.

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

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