What are the UK bank holidays in 2022?

Keep calm and enjoy UK bank holidays.

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.

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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 Day3 JanuaryUK-wide (Substitute day as 1 Jan is on a weekend)
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 Friday15 AprilUK-wide
Easter Monday18 AprilEngland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Early May bank holiday2 MayUK-wide
Spring Bank Holiday2 JuneUK-wide
Platinum Jubilee bank holiday3 JuneUK-wide (Extra bank holiday this year to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee)
Battle of the Boyne / Orangemen’s Day12 JulyOnly a public holiday in Northern Ireland
Summer Bank Holiday29 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 Day26 DecemberUK-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.

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