You want to escape from the routine, relax far from the city, discover new destinations, or simply rest at home? Why not take advantage of the UK bank holidays to do so! Start planning for next year’s vacations and long weekends, so you make the most of these days off.
Whether you want to discover our beautiful country or take the boat or the plane for more exoticism, having in mind what are the national public holidays for 2022 will surely help you achieve this goal.
Check below the calendar of official national holidays and other special celebrations in 2022 in UK and get ready to leave! United Kingdom Bank Holidays in 2022
|Calendar Day||Holiday or Celebration|
|Saturday, January 1, 2022||New Year's Day *|
|Monday, January 3, 2022||New Year Holiday *|
|Wednesday, January 5, 2022||Twelfth Night|
|Tuesday, March 1, 2022||St David’s Day (bank holiday for Wales)|
|Friday, April 15, 2022||Good Friday *|
|Sunday, April 17, 2022||Easter Sunday|
|Monday, April 18, 2022||Easter Monday (bank holiday for Scotland)|
|Monday, April 25, 2022||St George’s Day|
|Monday, May 2, 2022||May Day *|
|Thursday, June 2, 2022||Late May Bank Holiday *|
|Friday, June 3, 2022||Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee *|
|Saturday, June 11, 2022||Queen’s birthday|
|Monday, August 1, 2022||Summer bank holiday (Scotland)|
|Monday, August 29, 2022||August Bank Holiday *|
|Monday, October 31, 2022||Halloween|
|Sunday, December 25, 2022||Christmas Day *|
|Monday, December 26, 2022||Boxing Day *|
|Tuesday, December 27, 2022||Christmas Holiday *|
* These are official holidays in the UK
If a bank holiday occurs on a weekend, it will be moved to the next Monday.
On bank holidays, government offices and most shops remain closed. Restaurants are open except for Christmas and New Year's Day in London.
If you wish to use public transportation, be sure to check beforehand as schedules change on bank holidays and there are fewer buses.
Hospitals and other health organisations remain open as on a regular working day.
Schools, colleges, and universities are closed, as are most nurseries.
Museums, cinemas, theme parks, and zoos are open, so why not take advantage of these days to discover our heritage, have a great day out with your family or watch the latest movie on the chart!
If you wish to have a drink, you will be able to enjoy a pleasant moment in your predilect pub, as they all remain open.
The term 'bank holidays' is named after the days on which banks are closed. Until 1834, Bank of England employees enjoyed 33 days off work per year, all of them due to religious holidays. Deemed too numerous, the holidays were then reduced to four and were formally legislated a few years later in 1871. A British banker and politician, Sir John Lubbock, introduced the Bank Holidays Act 1871 into Parliament.
The bank holidays we know today in England were only introduced through the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971. This Act also introduced the tradition of announcing public holidays in a Royal Proclamation.
So, now that you know the calendar of Bank Holidays for 2022, we wish you many pleasant moments!