UK Bank Holidays


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.

Easter Monday and Summer Bank Holiday are also 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.

Here are the lists of all bank holidays for the United Kingdom in 2020 and 2021.

Date Day Name of 2020 Holiday Locations
1 January 2020 Wednesday New Year’s Day Everywhere
2 January 2020 Thursday 2nd January Scotland
17 March 2020 Tuesday St Patrick’s Day Northern Ireland
10 April 2020 Friday Good Friday Everywhere
13 April 2020 Monday Easter Monday England and Wales, Northern Ireland
4 May 2020 Monday Early May Bank Holiday Everywhere
25 May 2020 Monday Spring Bank Holiday Everywhere
13 July 2020 Monday The Twelfth / Orangemen’s Day (substitute day) Northern Ireland
3 August 2020 Monday Summer Bank Holiday Scotland
31 August 2020 Monday Summer Bank Holiday England and Wales, Northern Ireland
30 November 2020 Monday St Andrew’s Day Scotland
25 December 2020 Friday Christmas Day Everywhere
28 December 2020 Monday Boxing Day (substitute day) Everywhere

 

Date Day Name of 2021 Holiday Locations
1 January 2021 Friday New Year’s Day Everywhere
4 January 2021 Monday 2nd January (substitute day) Scotland
17 March 2021 Wednesday St Patrick’s Day Northern Ireland
2 April 2021 Friday Good Friday Everywhere
5 April 2021 Monday Easter Monday England and Wales, Northern Ireland
3 May 2021 Monday Early May Bank Holiday Everywhere
31 May 2021 Monday Spring Bank Holiday Everywhere
12 July 2021 Monday The Twelfth / Orangemen’s Day Northern Ireland
2 August 2021 Monday Summer Bank Holiday Scotland
30 August 2021 Monday Summer Bank Holiday England and Wales, Northern Ireland
30 November 2021 Monday St Andrew’s Day Scotland
27 December 2021 Monday Christmas Day (substitute day) Everywhere
28 December 2021 Tuesday Boxing Day (substitute day) Everywhere

 

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