This article about UK bank holidays was updated by the Great British Mag content team on 3 January 2022.
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 and 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 2022:
|New Year’s Day||3 January||UK-wide (Substitute day as 1 Jan is on a weekend)|
|2 January||4 January||Only a public holiday in Scotland (Substitute day as 2 Jan is on a weekend)|
|St Patrick’s Day||17 March||Only a public holiday in Northern Ireland|
|Good Friday||15 April||UK-wide|
|Easter Monday||18 April||England, Wales and Northern Ireland|
|Early May bank holiday||2 May||UK-wide|
|Spring Bank Holiday||2 June||UK-wide|
|Platinum Jubilee bank holiday||3 June||UK-wide (Extra bank holiday this year to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee)|
|Battle of the Boyne / Orangemen’s Day||12 July||Only a public holiday in Northern Ireland|
|Summer Bank Holiday||29 August||In Scotland, this is on 2 August|
|St Andrew’s Day||30 November||Only a public holiday in Scotland|
|Christmas Day||27 December||UK-wide (Substitute day as 25 Dec is on a weekend)|
|Boxing Day||26 December||UK-wide|
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.