Public Holidays in the UK

We currently have public holidays for 2014 and 2015 listed. Please click below to see the NATIONAL lists of public holidays for each year, OR alternatively you can choose your COUNTRY.

Introduction

Public holidays, observed throughout the United Kingdom, are required holidays when most businesses and non-essential services close down. These holidays were first officially observed when the 1871 Act designated specific public holidays in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

Public holidays in the UK include New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Early May Bank holiday, Spring Bank holiday, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Summer Bank holiday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Bank holidays are holidays when banks and many other businesses are closed for the day. However public holidays are also referred to as bank holidays, with the two terms often used interchangeably. Bank holidays are legally known to observe closures of bank and financial institutions. Even though all banks are closed on official bank holidays, many shops remain open.

Workers don’t have an automatic right to paid leave on bank and public holidays in the UK, though most people receive a paid day off work. If a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday is normally postponed to the following week day, which is then referred to as a “substitute public holiday” or an “observed holiday.”

Across the UK there are increasing calls for a public holiday on the patron saint’s days such as St. Patrick’s Day, which is already recognized as a holiday. In Scotland, other more localized public holidays based on local tradition can be determined by local authorities. For example, since 2007, St. Andrew’s Day has been an alternative, voluntary public holiday, which replaces existing public holiday.

Despite the horrendous British weather, many people use public holidays in the winter months to take off for a long weekend. This can make traffic on the roads a nightmare, but people are willing to rough it out to check out the museums, historic houses, zoos and other public attractions that remain open in other, more urban areas of Britain and the UK

Public Holidays 2014

Date
Day
Holiday
Countries
1 JanWedNew Year's DayNational
2 JanThurs2nd JanuaryScotland
17 MarMonSt Patrick's DayNorthern Ireland
18 AprFriGood FridayNational
21 AprMonEaster MondayNational except Scotland
5 MayMonEarly May Bank HolidayNational
26 MayMonSpring Bank HolidayNational
14 JulMonBattle of the Boyne
(Orangemen's Day)
(Subtitute Day)
Northern Ireland
4 AugMonSummer Bank HolidayScotland
25 AugMonSummer Bank HolidayNational except Scotland
30 NovSunSt. Andrew's DayScotland
1 DecMonSt. Andrew's Day
(Substitute Day)
Scotland
25 DecThursChristmas DayNational
26 DecFriBoxing DayNational

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Public Holidays 2015

 
Date
Day
Holiday
Countries
1 JanThursNew Year's DayNational
2 JanFri2nd JanuaryScotland
17 MarTuesSt Patrick's DayNorthern Ireland
3 AprFriGood FridayNational
6 AprMonEaster MondayNational except Scotland
4 MayMonEarly May Bank HolidayNational
25 MayMonSpring Bank HolidayNational
13 JulMonBattle of the Boyne
(Orangemen's Day)
(Subtitute Day)
Northern Ireland
3 AugMonSummer Bank HolidayScotland
31 AugMonSummer Bank HolidayNational except Scotland
30 NovMonSt. Andrew's DayScotland
25 DecFriChristmas DayNational
26 DecSatBoxing DayNational
28 DecMonBoxing Day
(Substitute Day)
National

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England

2014 Calendar of Holidays for England

Date
Day
Holiday
1 JanuaryWednesdayNew Year's Day
18 AprilFridayGood Friday
21 AprilMondayEaster Monday
5 MayMondayEarly May Bank Holiday
26 MayMondaySpring Bank Holiday
25 AugustMondaySummer Bank Holiday
25 DecemberThursdayChristmas Day
26 DecemberFridayBoxing Day

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2015 Calendar of Holidays for England

Date
Day
Holiday
1 JanuaryThursdayNew Year's Day
3 AprilFridayGood Friday
6 AprilMondayEaster Monday
4 MayMondayEarly May Bank Holiday
25 MayMondaySpring Bank Holiday
31 AugustMondaySummer Bank Holiday
25 DecemberFridayChristmas Day
26 DecemberSaturdayBoxing Day
28 DecemberMondayBoxing Day
(Substitute Day)

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Wales

2014 Calendar of Holidays for Wales

Date
Day
Holiday
1 JanuaryWednesdayNew Year's Day
18 AprilFridayGood Friday
21 AprilMondayEaster Monday
5 MayMondayEarly May Bank Holiday
26 MayMondaySpring Bank Holiday
25 AugustMondaySummer Bank Holiday
25 DecemberThursdayChristmas Day
26 DecemberFridayBoxing Day

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2015 Calendar of Holidays for Wales

Date
Day
Holiday
1 JanuaryThursdayNew Year's Day
3 AprilFridayGood Friday
6 AprilMondayEaster Monday
4 MayMondayEarly May Bank Holiday
25 MayMondaySpring Bank Holiday
31 AugustMondaySummer Bank Holiday
25 DecemberFridayChristmas Day
26 DecemberSaturdayBoxing Day
28 DecemberMondayBoxing Day
(Substitute Day)

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Scotland

2014 Calendar of Holidays for Scotland

Date
Day
Holiday
1 JanuaryWednesdayNew Year's Day
2 JanuaryThursday2nd January
18 AprilFridayGood Friday
5 MayMondayEarly May Bank Holiday
26 MayMondaySpring Bank Holiday
4 AugustMondaySummer Bank Holiday
1 DecemberMondaySt. Andrew's Day
(Substitute Day)
25 DecemberThursdayChristmas Day
26 DecemberFridayBoxing Day

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2015 Calendar of Holidays for Scotland

Date
Day
Holiday
1 JanuaryThursdayNew Year's Day
2 JanuaryFriday2nd January
3 AprilFridayGood Friday
4 MayMondayEarly May Bank Holiday
25 MayMondaySpring Bank Holiday
3 AugustMondaySummer Bank Holiday
30 NovemberMondaySt. Andrew's Day
25 DecemberFridayChristmas Day
26 DecemberSaturdayBoxing Day
28 DecemberMondayBoxing Day
(Substitute Day)

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Northern Ireland

2014 Calendar of Holidays for Scotland

Date
Day
Holiday
1 JanuaryWednesdayNew Year's Day
17 MarchMondaySt Patrick's Day
18 AprilFridayGood Friday
21 AprilMondayEaster Monday
5 MayMondayEarly May Bank Holiday
26 MayMondaySpring Bank Holiday
14 JulyMondayBattle of the Boyne
(Orangemen's Day)
(Subtitute Day)
25 AugustMondaySummer Bank Holiday
25 DecemberThursdayChristmas Day
26 DecemberFridayBoxing Day

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2015 Calendar of Holidays for Scotland

Date
Day
Holiday
1 JanuaryThursdayNew Year's Day
17 MarchTuesdaySt Patrick's Day
3 AprilFridayGood Friday
6 AprilMondayEaster Monday
4 MayMondayEarly May Bank Holiday
25 MayMondaySpring Bank Holiday
13 JulyMondayBattle of the Boyne
(Orangemen's Day)
(Subtitute Day)
31 AugustMondaySummer Bank Holiday
25 DecemberFridayChristmas Day
26 DecemberSaturdayBoxing Day
28 DecemberMondayBoxing Day
(Substitute Day)

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