Bank Holidays UK


Thinking about jetting off for the next bank holiday but don't know where to start? There's lots of things to consider, such as your airport parking, your transfers and airport lounges, but prices can climb when you travel during the UK bank holidays, so make sure you book well in advance. To kick start your holiday prep, find out the bank holiday UK dates for 2020 below, and then check-out our FAQ's for all the information you need to travel like a pro.

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Bank Holiday 2020 England and Wales

England and Wales share the same bank holidays. This year, there will be a total of 8 bank holidays. Have a look below for more information.

Bank Holiday
Date
New Year's Day
1/01/20
Good Friday Bank Holiday
10/04/20
Easter Bank Holiday
13/04/20
May Bank Holiday
8/05/20
Spring Bank Holiday
25/05/20
Summer Bank Holiday (August Bank Holiday)
31/08/20
Christmas Day
25/12/20
Boxing Day
26/12/20 (observed 28/12/20*)

*As Boxing Day falls on a Saturday this year, the bank holiday will instead be observed on the Monday after, 28/12/20


2020 Bank Holidays Scotland

The bank holidays in Scotland are almost exactly the same as in England and Wales, but with a few significant differences.

Bank Holiday
Date
New Year's Day
1/01/20
January Bank Holiday
2/01/20
Good Friday Bank Holiday
10/04/20
May Bank Holiday
8/05/20
Spring Bank Holiday
25/05/20
Summer Bank Holiday (August Bank Holiday)
3/08/20
St Andrew's Day
30/11/20
Christmas Day
25/12/20
Boxing Day
26/12/20 (observed 28/12/20)

UK Bank Holidays Northern Ireland

Bank holidays for Northern Ireland also differ slightly to the rest of the UK, with an impressive total of 10 bank holidays lined up for 2020. Check out the table below for all the dates you need.

Bank Holiday
Date
New Year's Day
1/01/20
St Patrick's Day
17/03/20
Good Friday Bank Holiday
10/04/20
Easter Bank Holiday
13/04/20
May Bank Holiday
8/05/20
Spring Bank Holiday
25/05/20
Orangemen's Day
13/07/20*
Summer Bank Holiday (August Bank Holiday)
31/08/20
Christmas Day
25/12/20
Boxing Day
26/12/20 (observed 28/12/20)

*Orangemen's day, the bank holiday to mark the Battle of the Boyne, usually falls on 12th July. However, as in 2020 this is a Sunday, the bank holiday is instead observed on the Monday after, 13/07/20.


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UK Bank Holiday FAQ's

Here are some of the most popular questions we're asked about the UK bank holidays, so you can start booking your next escape like a pro - plus, enjoy a few bank holiday facts to entertain the family with!

What is a Bank Holiday?

A bank holiday is a national public holiday, set by parliament, in which traditionally, banks and many businesses close for the day. Bank holidays can also have other names, such as Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Is Good Friday a Bank Holiday?

Yes, Good Friday is a bank holiday, and falls on the Friday before Easter Sunday. Good Friday is a traditionally Christian holiday, in which the crucifixion of Jesus is commemorated.

Is Boxing Day a Bank Holiday?

Yes. Boxing Day, the day after Christmas Day, is indeed a bank holiday, though in 2020 it will be observed by banks and businesses on the 28/12/20. This is because the traditional day (26/12/20) falls on a Sunday this year.

When is May Bank Holiday?

The May bank holiday (also known as May Day bank holiday), is on the 8/05/20 across the UK. Traditions for this bank holiday include dancing around a maypole and Morris dancing, and tend to come with plenty of festivities.

When is August Bank Holiday?

August bank holiday, or the Summer bank holiday, falls on the 31/08/20 for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but falls on the 3/08/20 in Scotland.

Is New Year's Eve a Bank Holiday?

No, New Year's Eve is not a bank holiday, though the day after, New Year's Day, is a bank holiday.

What is St Patrick's Day?

St Patrick's Day is a national holiday predominantly celebrated in Ireland. It commemorates the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

Is Easter Sunday a Bank Holiday?

No, Easter is not a bank holiday, as bank holidays cannot take place on a Sunday. However, the working days surrounding Easter, Good Friday and Easter Monday, are indeed bank holidays.

Why do we have Easter Eggs?

Easter eggs were adopted as a Christian symbol of life and rebirth during Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.

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More Important Info


  • Thinking about taking the little ones away during the school holidays? Check out our UK school holidays page for the full range of holiday dates across the UK.