UK Bank Holidays

In the UK bank holidays are days when the banks and many other businesses are closed for the day, included in the bank holidays below are the public holidays, Christmas Day and Good Friday, that have been traditionally respected as holidays.

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Bank Holidays In England & Wales 2016

Bank holidays in England and Wales are currently identical as saints days are not declared bank holidays.

New Year's DayFriday, January 1, 2016
Good FridayFriday, March 25, 2016
Easter MondayMonday, March 28, 2016
Early MayMonday, May 2, 2016
SpringMonday, May 30, 2016
SummerMonday, August 29, 2016
Christmas DayMonday, December 26, 2016*
Boxing DayTuesday, December 27, 2016*

Notes:

  1. * Indicates a substitute day - A substitute day occurs when a public or bank holiday occurs on a Saturday, Sunday or a Bank Holiday. In these cases the substitute day occurs, normally the following Monday. In the case of two consecutive holidays (e.g. Christmas Day and Boxing Day) this can be the following Tuesday if the holidays fall on the Saturday and Sunday.
  2. Bank Holidays that never fall on a weekend (e.g Good Friday, Easter Monday) will never have substitute days.

Bank Holidays In Scotland 2016

Bank holidays in Scotland differ from those in England and Wales in the following ways.

  1. The 2nd of January is declared as the Scottish celebrate Hogmanay as a major event in the calendar.
  2. Easter Monday is not declared as a bank holiday.
  3. The Scottish summer bank holiday is at the start of August rather than at the end.
  4. St Andrew's day (30th November) is declared as a bank holiday.
New Year's DayFriday, January 1, 2016
2nd JanuaryMonday, January 4, 2016*
Good FridayFriday, March 25, 2016
Early MayMonday, May 2, 2016
SpringMonday, May 30, 2016
SummerMonday, August 1, 2016
St Andrew's DayWednesday, November 30, 2016
Christmas DayMonday, December 26, 2016*
Boxing DayTuesday, December 27, 2016*

Notes:

  1. * Indicates a substitute day - A substitute day occurs when a public or bank holiday occurs on a Saturday, Sunday or a Bank Holiday. In these cases the substitute day occurs, normally the following Monday. In the case of two consecutive holidays (e.g. Christmas Day and Boxing Day) this can be the following Tuesday if the holidays fall on the Saturday and Sunday.
  2. Scottish banks follow the English and Welsh bank holidays for business reasons and many businesses and schools do not close on all Scottish bank holidays.
  3. Bank Holidays that never fall on a weekend (e.g Good Friday, Easter Monday) will never have substitute days

Bank Holidays In Northern Ireland 2016

Bank holidays in Northern Ireland differ from those in England and Wales in the following ways.

  1. St Patrick's day (17th March) is declared as a bank holiday.
  2. The Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne (12th July) is declared as a bank holiday.
New Year's DayFriday, January 1, 2016
St Patrick's DayThursday, March 17, 2016
Good FridayFriday, March 25, 2016
Easter MondayMonday, March 28, 2016
Early MayMonday, May 2, 2016
SpringMonday, May 30, 2016
Battle of the BoyneTuesday, July 12, 2016
SummerMonday, August 29, 2016
Christmas DayMonday, December 26, 2016*
Boxing DayTuesday, December 27, 2016*

Notes:

  1. * Indicates a substitute day - A substitute day occurs when a public or bank holiday occurs on a Saturday, Sunday or a Bank Holiday. In these cases the substitute day occurs, normally the following Monday. In the case of two consecutive holidays (e.g. Christmas Day and Boxing Day) this can be the following Tuesday if the holidays fall on the Saturday and Sunday.
  2. Bank Holidays that never fall on a weekend (e.g Good Friday, Easter Monday) will never have substitute days