What Are The UK Bank Holidays 2023?

Updated: Nov 24


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We can't believe it either but with 2023 just around the corner we've complied a quick guide for all the public bank holidays in 2023 for England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.






UK Bank Holidays 2023: England & Wales


The below list is the public holiday calendar 2023 for England & Wales, which at eight has the fewest days out of the home nations

Date

Day

Holiday

​2nd January

Monday

New Year’s Day (substitute day)

7th April

Friday

Good Friday

10th April

Monday

Easter Monday

1st May

Monday

Early May Bank Holiday

29th May

Monday

Spring Bank Holiday

28th August

Monday

Summer Bank Holiday

25th December

Monday

Christmas Day

26th December

Tuesday

Boxing Day

Source: https://www.gov.uk/bank-holidays#england-and-wales



UK Bank Holidays 2023: Northern Ireland


The below list is the bank holiday calendar 2023 for Northern Ireland, which features two more days over England & Wales

Date

Day

Holiday

2nd January

Monday

New Year's Day (substitute day)

17th March

Friday

St Patrick's Day

7th April

Friday

Good Friday

10th April

Monday

Easter Monday

​1st May

Monday

Early May bank holiday

29th May

Monday

Spring bank holiday

12th July

Wednesday

Battle of the Boyne

28th August

Monday

Summer Bank Holiday

25th December

Monday

Christmas Day

26th December

Tuesday

Boxing Day

Source : https://www.gov.uk/bank-holidays#northern-ireland



UK Bank Holidays 2023: Scotland


The below list is the bank holiday calendar 2023 for Scotland with just the one more day over England & Wales

​Date

Day

Holiday

2nd January

Monday

New Year's Day (substitute day)

3rd January

Tuesday

2nd January (substitute day)

7th April

Friday

Good Friday

1st May

Monday

Early May Bank Holiday

29th May

Monday

Spring Bank Holiday

7th August

Monday

Summer Bank Holiday

30th November

Thursday

St Andrew's Day

25th December

Monday

Christmas Day

26th December

Tuesday

Boxing Day

Source : https://www.gov.uk/bank-holidays#scotland



What is a substitute day?


If a bank holiday falls on a weekend, a ‘substitute’ day becomes a bank holiday, normally on following Monday.



How many bank holidays are there in 2023?


For England & Wales there are a total of eight bank holidays in 2023. In Scotland there is nine and in Northern Ireland the number of bank holidays is ten.



How does this compare with bank holidays in 2022?


In 2022 two additional bank holidays were given due to the Queen's Jubilee celebrations and then for the state funeral of the queen later in the year.



Will there be a bank holiday for King Charles's coronation ?


11th October it was announced that the coronation will take place 6th May 2023. As of yet,

there's been no announcement on whether there will be an extra bank holiday, however, given this falls on Saturday it now looks unlikely.



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