UK Bank Holidays 2021

An overview of public holidays in the United Kingdom (Great Britain & Northern Ireland) in 2021, shown in separate tables for the whole of the UK, England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Public holidays in the UK are generally referred to as bank holidays due to the 4 days so designated by the Bank Holidays Act of 1871. The name is now used as a blanket term for all public holidays in the UK as banks, government offices and most businesses are closed on these days, although an increasing number of smaller shops and larger retail businesses remain open.

Public holidays in Britain comprise bank holidays declared by statute (as listed in the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971, Schedule 1), by royal proclamation, and common law/customary holidays (Good Friday and Christmas Day, which are not offical bank holidays in England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Royal proclamation is also used to move holidays that would otherwise fall on a weekend or that are moved for special occasions, or to create additional one-off holidays (such as for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012).

When a bank holiday falls on a Sunday the following Monday usually becomes the day when the holiday is observed (known as substitute day or 'bank holiday in lieu'). If the Monday is also a bank holiday, the substitute day moves to the following weekday. UK public holidays always move forward in the calendar, never backwards.

The August bank holiday always falls on the last Monday of August in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and on the first Monday of August in Scotland. Its official name is "Summer Bank Holiday", however it is far more commonly referred to as the "August Bank Holiday". This website therefore uses this more frequently-heard term.

To read more about British public holidays please see the detailed information on Public holidays in the United Kingdom on Wikipedia, and also gov.uk.

Bank holidays and their dates vary between England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We are therefore showing them in 4 different tables so you can more easily get the information applicable to your region:
  • Bank holidays 2021 across the whole of theUK
  • Bank holidays 2021 inEngland &Wales
  • Bank holidays 2021 inScotland
  • Bank holidays 2021 inNorthern Ireland

  • See also:
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    Bank Holidays 2021 in all of the UK

    See below for bank holidays in England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

    2020 2022
    Date Bank holiday Region Day
    January 1st, 2021 New Year's Day Nationwide
    Friday
    January 2nd, 2021 2nd January Scotland
    Saturday
    January 4th, 2021 Substitute day (for 2nd January) Scotland
    Monday
    March 17th, 2021 St Patrick's Day Northern Ireland
    Wednesday
    April 2nd, 2021 Good Friday Nationwide
    Friday
    April 5th, 2021 Easter Monday England
    Wales
    Northern Ireland
    Monday
    May 3rd, 2021 Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) Nationwide
    Monday
    May 31st, 2021 Spring Bank Holiday Nationwide
    Monday
    July 12th, 2021 Battle of the Boyne (The Twelfth/
    Orangemen's Day)
    Northern Ireland
    Monday
    August 2nd, 2021 August Bank Holiday (Scotland) Scotland
    Monday
    August 30th, 2021 August Bank Holiday England
    Wales
    Northern Ireland
    Monday
    November 30th, 2021 St Andrew's Day Scotland
    Tuesday
    December 25th, 2021 Christmas Day Nationwide
    Saturday
    December 26th, 2021 Boxing Day Nationwide
    Sunday
    December 27th, 2021 Substitute day (for Christmas Day) Nationwide
    Monday
    December 28th, 2021 Substitute day (for Boxing Day) Nationwide
    Tuesday
    2020 2022

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    Bank Holidays 2021 in England & Wales

    2020 2022
    Date Bank holiday Day
    January 1st, 2021 New Year's Day Friday
    April 2nd, 2021 Good Friday Friday
    April 5th, 2021 Easter Monday Monday
    May 3rd, 2021 Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) Monday
    May 31st, 2021 Spring Bank Holiday Monday
    August 30th, 2021 August Bank Holiday Monday
    December 25th, 2021 Christmas Day Saturday
    December 26th, 2021 Boxing Day Sunday
    December 27th, 2021 Substitute day (for Christmas Day) Monday
    December 28th, 2021 Substitute day (for Boxing Day) Tuesday
    2020 2022

    England and Wales have eight bank holidays a year and are thus the countries with the lowest number of bank holidays in Europe and in the G20 group of leading economies.
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    Bank Holidays 2021 in Scotland

    2020 2022
    Date Bank holiday Day
    January 1st, 2021 New Year's Day Friday
    January 2nd, 2021 2nd January Saturday
    January 4th, 2021 Substitute day (for 2nd January) Monday
    April 2nd, 2021 Good Friday Friday
    May 3rd, 2021 Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) Monday
    May 31st, 2021 Spring Bank Holiday Monday
    August 2nd, 2021 August Bank Holiday (Scotland) Monday
    November 30th, 2021 St Andrew's Day Tuesday
    December 25th, 2021 Christmas Day Saturday
    December 26th, 2021 Boxing Day Sunday
    December 27th, 2021 Substitute day (for Christmas Day) Monday
    December 28th, 2021 Substitute day (for Boxing Day) Tuesday
    2020 2022

    Scotland has nine bank holidays. It celebrates seven of the eight UK-wide holidays (except Easter Monday) and additionally Second of January and St. Andrew's Day on November 30th in honour of its national saint, newly introduced only in 2007. Schools and businesses in Scotland are not automatically closed on a bank holiday.
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    Bank Holidays 2021 in Northern Ireland

    2020 2022
    Date Bank holiday Day
    January 1st, 2021 New Year's Day Friday
    March 17th, 2021 St Patrick's Day Wednesday
    April 2nd, 2021 Good Friday Friday
    April 5th, 2021 Easter Monday Monday
    May 3rd, 2021 Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) Monday
    May 31st, 2021 Spring Bank Holiday Monday
    July 12th, 2021 Battle of the Boyne (The Twelfth/Orangemen's Day) Monday
    August 30th, 2021 August Bank Holiday Monday
    December 25th, 2021 Christmas Day Saturday
    December 26th, 2021 Boxing Day Sunday
    December 27th, 2021 Substitute day (for Christmas Day) Monday
    December 28th, 2021 Substitute day (for Boxing Day) Tuesday
    2020 2022

    Northern Ireland has ten bank holidays. In addition to the eight UK-wide bank holidays, it celebrates St. Patrick's Day on March 17th in honour of its national saint, and the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 on July 12th, also known as "The Twelfth" and Orangemen's Day.
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