What bank holidays are there in Scotland or Northern Ireland which England or Wales don’t have?

MANY people assume bank holidays in the UK are all the same.

But actually each of the nations in the union has different dates of special significance to them. Here’s how the Scottish and Northern Irish ones differ from the English and Welsh…

Bank holidays are often spent outside with crowds of other British people... sometimes in the rain
Bank holidays are often spent outside with crowds of other British people… sometimes in the rain
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What are bank holidays?

Technically bank holidays are when banks, government offices and most business are closed.

They are actually different to public holidays, although many people use the name interchangeably.

The days were set out in the Bank Holidays Act of 1871.

Christmas Day and Good Friday were considered days of rest and are deemed public holidays rather than bank holidays.

When are 2018 English bank and public holidays?

There are eight of them in England and Wales, and they are:

  • New Year’s Day: Monday 1 January
  • Good Friday: Friday 30 March
  • Easter Monday: Monday 2 April
  • Early May bank holiday: Monday 7 May
  • Spring bank holiday: Monday 28 May
  • Summer bank holiday: Monday 27 August
  • Christmas Day: Tuesday 25 December
  • Boxing Day: Wednesday 26 December

When are the different 2018 Scottish bank holidays?

There is an extra day off on January 2 to mark the extra importance Scottish people place on the New Year.

The summer bank holiday is also different and is on August 6.

Then there is the national day, St Andrew’s Day, on Friday, November 30.

When are different 2018 Northern Irish holidays?

If St Patrick’s Day falls on a weekday then it is marked on the day itself, which is on March 17.

If not it is on the Monday after the weekend.

On July 12 the Battle of the Boyne is marked with a day off.


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