UK Bank Holidays in 2018 and 2019

UK Bank Holidays in 2018 and 2019


In the UK, there are six official bank holidays that are spelled out in the Banking and Financial Dealings Act of 1971 that are observed throughout the country.

The six holidays are New Year’s Day, Good Friday, May Day, Spring Bank Holiday, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.

Also, Easter Monday and Summer Bank Holiday are bank holidays in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. These two dates are not official bank holidays in Scotland. However, most Scottish banks synchronize with the rest of the UK and are closed on these days.

There are also other public holidays where banks are closed in specific regions only.

If a bank holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the banks will be closed on a substitute day, typically the following Monday.


Below is a list of the 2018 and 2019 holidays for the different regions of the United Kingdom.

Date Day Region Bank Holiday
January 1st, 2018 Monday Nationwide New Year’s Day
January 2nd, 2018 Tuesday Scotland 2 January
March 17th, 2018 Saturday Northern Ireland St Patrick’s Day
March 19th, 2018 Monday Northern Ireland Substitute day (for St Patrick’s Day)
March 30th, 2018 Friday Nationwide Good Friday
April 2nd, 2018 Monday England Easter Monday
Wales
Northern Ireland
May 7th, 2018 Monday Nationwide Early May Bank Holiday (May Day)
May 28th, 2018 Monday Nationwide Spring Bank Holiday
July 12th, 2018 Thursday Northern Ireland The Twelfth (Orangemen’s Day / Battle of the Boyne)
August 6th, 2018 Monday Scotland August Bank Holiday
August 27th, 2018 Monday England Late Summer Bank Holiday (August Bank Holiday)
Wales
Northern Ireland
November 30th, 2018 Friday Scotland St Andrew’s Day
December 25th, 2018 Tuesday Nationwide Christmas Day
December 26th, 2018 Wednesday Nationwide Boxing Day

 

 

Date Day Region Bank Holiday
January 1st, 2019 Tuesday Nationwide New Year’s Day
January 2nd, 2019 Wednesday Scotland 2 January
March 17th, 2019 Sunday Northern Ireland St Patrick’s Day
March 18th, 2019 Monday Northern Ireland Substitute day (for St Patrick’s Day)
April 19th, 2019 Friday Nationwide Good Friday
April 22nd, 2019 Monday England Easter Monday
Wales
Northern Ireland
May 6th, 2019 Monday Nationwide Early May Bank Holiday (May Day)
May 27th, 2019 Monday Nationwide Spring Bank Holiday
July 12th, 2019 Friday Northern Ireland The Twelfth (Orangemen’s Day / Battle of the Boyne)
August 5th, 2019 Monday Scotland August Bank Holiday
August 26th, 2019 Monday England Late Summer Bank Holiday (August Bank Holiday)
Wales
Northern Ireland
November 30th, 2019 Saturday Scotland St Andrew’s Day
December 2nd, 2019 Monday Scotland Substitute day (for St Andrew’s Day)
December 25th, 2019 Wednesday Nationwide Christmas Day
December 26th, 2019 Thursday Nationwide Boxing Day

 

While planning your bank visit, be sure to call the bank to confirm their holiday hours.