UK Bank Holidays 2026

An overview of public holidays in the United Kingdom (Great Britain & Northern Ireland) in 2026, 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 2026 across the whole of theUK
  • Bank holidays 2026 inEngland &Wales
  • Bank holidays 2026 inScotland
  • Bank holidays 2026 inNorthern Ireland

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    See also:
    Online calendar 2026
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    Bank Holidays 2026 in all of the UK

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

    2025 2027
    Date Bank holiday Region Day
    January 1st, 2026 New Year's Day Nationwide
    Thursday
    January 2nd, 2026 2nd January Scotland
    Friday
    March 17th, 2026 St Patrick's Day Northern Ireland
    Tuesday
    April 3rd, 2026 Good Friday Nationwide
    Friday
    April 6th, 2026 Easter Monday England
    Wales
    Northern Ireland
    Monday
    May 4th, 2026 Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) Nationwide
    Monday
    May 25th, 2026 Spring Bank Holiday Nationwide
    Monday
    July 12th, 2026 Battle of the Boyne (The Twelfth/
    Orangemen's Day)
    Northern Ireland
    Sunday
    July 13th, 2026 Substitute day (for Battle of the Boyne) Northern Ireland
    Monday
    August 3rd, 2026 August Bank Holiday (Scotland) Scotland
    Monday
    August 31st, 2026 August Bank Holiday England
    Wales
    Northern Ireland
    Monday
    November 30th, 2026 St Andrew's Day Scotland
    Monday
    December 25th, 2026 Christmas Day Nationwide
    Friday
    December 26th, 2026 Boxing Day Nationwide
    Saturday
    December 28th, 2026 Substitute day (for Boxing Day) Nationwide
    Monday
    2025 2027

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    Bank Holidays 2026 in England & Wales

    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. Unlike in Scotland and Northern Ireland, neither England's national saint's day St. George's Day, celebrated on April 23rd, nor Wales' national saint's day St. David's Day, celebrated on March 1st, are bank holidays.

    2025 2027
    Date Bank holiday Day
    January 1st, 2026 New Year's Day Thursday
    April 3rd, 2026 Good Friday Friday
    April 6th, 2026 Easter Monday Monday
    May 4th, 2026 Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) Monday
    May 25th, 2026 Spring Bank Holiday Monday
    August 31st, 2026 August Bank Holiday Monday
    December 25th, 2026 Christmas Day Friday
    December 26th, 2026 Boxing Day Saturday
    December 28th, 2026 Substitute day (for Boxing Day) Monday
    2025 2027

    Bank Holidays 2026 England & Wales
    Bank Holidays 2026 England & Wales
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    • All English & Welsh bank holidays
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    Bank Holidays 2026 in Scotland

    Scotland has nine bank holidays. It celebrates seven of the eight UK-wide holidays (except Easter Monday) and additionally 2nd January as well as 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.

    2025 2027
    Date Bank holiday Day
    January 1st, 2026 New Year's Day Thursday
    January 2nd, 2026 2nd January Friday
    April 3rd, 2026 Good Friday Friday
    May 4th, 2026 Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) Monday
    May 25th, 2026 Spring Bank Holiday Monday
    August 3rd, 2026 August Bank Holiday (Scotland) Monday
    November 30th, 2026 St Andrew's Day Monday
    December 25th, 2026 Christmas Day Friday
    December 26th, 2026 Boxing Day Saturday
    December 28th, 2026 Substitute day (for Boxing Day) Monday
    2025 2027

    Bank Holidays 2026 Scotland
    Bank Holidays 2026 Scotland
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    • All Scottish bank holidays
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    Bank Holidays 2026 in Northern Ireland

    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.

    2025 2027
    Date Bank holiday Day
    January 1st, 2026 New Year's Day Thursday
    March 17th, 2026 St Patrick's Day Tuesday
    April 3rd, 2026 Good Friday Friday
    April 6th, 2026 Easter Monday Monday
    May 4th, 2026 Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) Monday
    May 25th, 2026 Spring Bank Holiday Monday
    July 12th, 2026 Battle of the Boyne (The Twelfth/Orangemen's Day) Sunday
    July 13th, 2026 Substitute day (for Battle of the Boyne) Monday
    August 31st, 2026 August Bank Holiday Monday
    December 25th, 2026 Christmas Day Friday
    December 26th, 2026 Boxing Day Saturday
    December 28th, 2026 Substitute day (for Boxing Day) Monday
    2025 2027

    Bank Holidays 2026 Northern Ireland
    Bank Holidays 2026 Northern Ireland
    as templates for Word

    Downloadable template:
    Bank Holidays 2026 in Northern Ireland


    • All bank holidays in Northern Ireland
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