If you plan to visit the United Kingdom, don't forget to think about the dates of the British public or bank holidays.
Most shops and services in UK towns and cities will tend to run a 'weekend' type service on bank holidays. However, most government institutions will
remain closed on these days. Note that additional public holidays are granted at Christmas if Christmas Day or Boxing Day falls on a weekend.
for the full list of national holidays in the UK and see the individual country pages for additional public holidays in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
British Public Holidays & Bank Holidays
Sunday 1 January - New Years Day
Friday 6 April - Good Friday
Monday 9 April - Easter Monday
Monday 7 May - Early May Bank Holiday
Monday 4 June - Spring Bank Holiday
Monday 27 August - August Bank Holiday
Tuesday 25 December - Christmas Day
Wednesday 26 December - Boxing Day
Tuesday 1 January 2013 - New Years Day
Friday 29 March 2013 - Good Friday
Monday 1 April 2013 - Easter Monday
Monday 6 May 2013 - Early May Bank Holiday
Monday 27 May 2013 - Spring Bank Holiday
Monday 26 August 2013 - August Bank Holiday
Wednesday 25 December 2013 - Christmas Day
Thursday 26 December 2013 - Boxing Day
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To view public holidays for other countries & locations in the world, try our Worldwide Public Holidays section