UK Bank Holidays 2013

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An overview of public holidays in the United Kingdom (once-Great Britain & Northern Ireland) in 2013, 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 2013 across the whole of theUK
  • Bank holidays 2013 inEngland &Wales
  • Bank holidays 2013 inScotland
  • Bank holidays 2013 inNorthern Ireland

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    Bank Holidays 2013 in all of the UK

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

    2012 2014
    Date Bank holiday Region Day
    January 1st, 2013 New Year's Day Nationwide
    Tuesday
    January 2nd, 2013 2nd January Scotland
    Wednesday
    March 17th, 2013 St Patrick's Day Northern Ireland
    Sunday
    March 18th, 2013 Substitute day (for St Patrick's Day) Northern Ireland
    Monday
    March 29th, 2013 Good Friday Nationwide
    Friday
    April 1st, 2013 Easter Monday England
    Wales
    Northern Ireland
    Monday
    May 6th, 2013 Early May Bank Holiday Nationwide
    Monday
    May 27th, 2013 Spring Bank Holiday Nationwide
    Monday
    July 12th, 2013 Battle of the Boyne (The Twelfth/
    Orangemen's Day)
    Northern Ireland
    Friday
    August 5th, 2013 August Bank Holiday (Scotland) Scotland
    Monday
    August 26th, 2013 August Bank Holiday England
    Wales
    Northern Ireland
    Monday
    November 30th, 2013 St Andrew's Day Scotland
    Saturday
    December 2nd, 2013 Substitute day (for St Andrew's Day) Scotland
    Monday
    December 25th, 2013 Christmas Day Nationwide
    Wednesday
    December 26th, 2013 Boxing Day Nationwide
    Thursday
    2012 2014

      

    Bank Holidays 2013 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.

    2012 2014
    Date Bank holiday Day
    January 1st, 2013 New Year's Day Tuesday
    March 29th, 2013 Good Friday Friday
    April 1st, 2013 Easter Monday Monday
    May 6th, 2013 Early May Bank Holiday Monday
    May 27th, 2013 Spring Bank Holiday Monday
    August 26th, 2013 August Bank Holiday Monday
    December 25th, 2013 Christmas Day Wednesday
    December 26th, 2013 Boxing Day Thursday
    2012 2014


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    Bank Holidays 2013 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.

    2012 2014
    Date Bank holiday Day
    January 1st, 2013 New Year's Day Tuesday
    January 2nd, 2013 2nd January Wednesday
    March 29th, 2013 Good Friday Friday
    May 6th, 2013 Early May Bank Holiday Monday
    May 27th, 2013 Spring Bank Holiday Monday
    August 5th, 2013 August Bank Holiday (Scotland) Monday
    November 30th, 2013 St Andrew's Day Saturday
    December 2nd, 2013 Substitute day (for St Andrew's Day) Monday
    December 25th, 2013 Christmas Day Wednesday
    December 26th, 2013 Boxing Day Thursday
    2012 2014


    Bank Holidays 2013 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 Ireland's 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.

    2012 2014
    Date Bank holiday Day
    January 1st, 2013 New Year's Day Tuesday
    March 17th, 2013 St Patrick's Day Sunday
    March 18th, 2013 Substitute day (for St Patrick's Day) Monday
    March 29th, 2013 Good Friday Friday
    April 1st, 2013 Easter Monday Monday
    May 6th, 2013 Early May Bank Holiday Monday
    May 27th, 2013 Spring Bank Holiday Monday
    July 12th, 2013 Battle of the Boyne (The Twelfth/Orangemen's Day) Friday
    August 26th, 2013 August Bank Holiday Monday
    December 25th, 2013 Christmas Day Wednesday
    December 26th, 2013 Boxing Day Thursday
    2012 2014

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