England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland

Bank holidays are holidays when banks and many other businesses are closed for the day.

UK Bank Holidays

UK Bank Holidays 2016

The 2016 UK Bank Holidays calendar includes bank holidays in England (E), Northern Ireland (I), Scotland (S) and Wales (W).

All bank holiday calendar dates are accurate at the time of publishing. Please make sure you check any dates with your own countries Bank holidays before booking any holidays or arrangements. Find out which are the best web hosting reviews here.

England & Wales

England & Wales Bank Holiday Dates 2016

DateDay of the WeekBank Holiday or Occasion
25 MarchFridayGood Friday
28 MarchMondayEaster Monday
2 MayMondayEarly May bank holiday
30 MayMondaySpring bank holiday
29 AugustMondaySummer bank holiday
26 DecemberMondayBoxing Day
27 DecemberTuesdayChristmas Day (substitute day)

Scotland

Scotland Bank Holiday Dates 2016

DateDay of the WeekBank Holiday or Occasion
25 MarchFridayGood Friday
2 MayMondayEarly May bank holiday
30 MayMondaySpring bank holiday
1 AugustMondaySummer bank holiday
30 NovemberWednesdaySt Andrew’s Day
26 DecemberMondayBoxing Day
27 DecemberTuesdayChristmas Day (substitute day)

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Bank Holiday Dates 2016

DateDay of the WeekBank Holiday or Occasion
17 MarchThursdaySt Patrick’s Day
25 MarchFridayGood Friday
28 MarchMondayEaster Monday
2 MayMondayEarly May bank holiday
30 MayMondaySpring bank holiday
12 JulyTuesdayBattle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day)
29 AugustMondaySummer bank holiday
26 DecemberMondayBoxing Day
27 DecemberTuesdayChristmas Day (substitute day)

If a bank holiday is on a weekend, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday.

Bank Holidays and Special Occasions

The first official bank holidays were the four days named in the Bank Holidays Act 1871, but today the term is colloquially used (albeit incorrectly) for Good Friday and Christmas Day which were already public holidays under common law and therefore not official bank holidays in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.