Full UK Bank Holidays 2019 List

    UK bank holiday datesWhile some bank holiday dates stay the same from year to year, others seem to be constantly hopping around.

    It’s enough to make your head spin!

    That’s why we’ve put together this guide. To help you know exactly when then 2019’s bank holidays are. As well as which bank holiday is coming up next.

    A bank holiday Monday can often dictate when you take time off work. So knowing the dates in advance — as well as any school holiday dates — can help when planning your airport parking.

    We’ll even give you some tips using 9 days of holiday to get 18 days off in a row!

    When Is the Next UK Bank Holiday?

    In England, Wales and Scotland, the next bank holiday is Friday 19th April, otherwise known as Good Friday.

    Take a look below at how you can use the Easter 2019 holidays to bag yourself 18 days off in a row with some clever annual leave booking.

    In Northern Ireland, the next bank holiday is Monday 18th March, a substitute day for St Patrick’s Day.

    St Patrick’s Day is normally celebrated on 17th March, but since that’s a Sunday in 2019, the bank holiday is observed the following day instead.

    England 2019 Bank Holiday Dates

    Bank Holiday DateDayEvent
    19th April 2019FridayGood Friday
    22nd April 2019MondayEaster Monday
    6th May 2019MondayEarly May Bank Holiday
    27th May 2019MondaySpring Bank Holiday
    26th August 2019MondaySummer Bank Holiday
    25th December 2019WednesdayChristmas Day
    26th December 2019ThursdayBoxing Day

    England 2019 Bank Holiday Dates – Download Wall Chart

    Scotland 2019 Bank Holiday Dates

    Bank Holiday DateDayEvent
    19th April 2019FridayGood Friday
    6th May 2019MondayEarly May Bank Holiday
    27th May 2019MondaySpring Bank Holiday
    5th August 2019MondaySummer Bank Holiday
    2nd DecemberMondaySt Andrew's Day (Substitute Day)
    25th December 2019WednesdayChristmas Day
    26th December 2019ThursdayBoxing Day

    Scotland 2019 Bank Holiday Dates – Download Wall Chart

    Wales 2019 Bank Holiday Dates

    Bank Holiday DateDayEvent
    19th April 2019FridayGood Friday
    22nd April 2019MondayEaster Monday
    6th May 2019MondayEarly May Bank Holiday
    27th May 2019MondaySpring Bank Holiday
    26th August 2019MondaySummer Bank Holiday
    25th December 2019WednesdayChristmas Day
    26th December 2019ThursdayBoxing Day

    Wales 2019 Bank Holiday Dates – Download Wall Chart

    Northern Ireland 2019 Bank Holiday Dates

    Bank Holiday DateDayEvent
    18th March 2019MondaySt Patrick’s Day (Substitute Day)
    19th April 2019FridayGood Friday
    22nd AprilMondayEaster Monday
    6th May 2019MondayEarly May Bank Holiday
    27th May 2019MondaySpring Bank Holiday
    12th July 2019FridayBattle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day)
    26th August 2019MondaySummer Bank Holiday
    25th December 2019WednesdayChristmas Day
    26th December 2019ThursdayBoxing Day

    Northern Ireland 2019 Bank Holiday Dates – Download Wall Chart

    How to Get 18 Days Off in a Row — And Only Use 9 Days

    Enjoying a uk bank holiday

    If you want to get a whopping 18 days off for the price of 9 in 2019, you’ll have to use your bank holidays wisely. The key is focussing your efforts around the 2019 Easter holiday.

    Providing your work gives you the day off on bank holidays, you should look at booking April 23rd–26th, and then April 29th to May 3rd.

    Because of Good Friday, Easter Monday and the early May bank holiday, you’ll get a 18 days off, from 19th April to 6th May!

    This applies to people living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. If you live in Scotland, you’ll also have to book 22nd April off, as Easter Monday is not a Scottish bank holiday.

    What Are UK Bank Holidays?

    Bank holidays are public holidays when banks and most workers are given time off (or extra pay, depending on their contract).

    The first bank holidays were named in the Bank Holidays Act 1871:

    • Easter Monday, Whit Monday, First Monday in August and Boxing Day for England and Wales
    • Easter Monday, Whit Monday, First Monday in August and St Stephen’s Day for Ireland
    • New Year’s Day, Good Friday, First Monday in May, First Monday in August and Christmas Day for Scotland

    In everywhere except Scotland, Good Friday and Christmas Day were considered traditional days of rest anyway, so these weren’t included in the act.

    The Bank Holidays Act 1871 was in effect for 100 years, until it was replaced by the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971, which is still in place to this day.

    Do Employers Have to Give Bank Holidays Off?

    No. The law says workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks paid holiday each year, and it’s up to the employer whether any of these days coincide with bank holidays or not.

    If you work 5 days per week, you’ll receive 28 days off, and some of these may fall on bank holidays. If you work part-time, you’ll still get 5.6 weeks of holiday, but this will be less than 28 days.

    You can work out how much you should get using the UK Government’s holiday entitlement calendar.

    How do Bank Holidays Affect Benefit Payments?

    If your payment date falls on a bank holiday, you should receive your payments on the working day before instead.

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