Bank Holidays 2024

Everyone loves a bank holiday. These glorious free days off should be firm fixtures in everyone’s calendar. They can make a city break last a little longer or mean a two week holiday only requires eight days off rather than ten. So knowing when bank holidays are coming up, and planning your time off accordingly, are great ways of maximising your holiday allowances every year.

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Bank holiday dates for 2024

Monday 1st January 2024: New Year’s Day

Friday 29th March 2024: Good Friday

Monday 1st April 2024: Easter Monday

Monday 6th May 2024: Early May Bank Holiday

Monday 27th May 2024: Late May Bank Holiday

Friday 12th July 2024: Battle of the Boyne (Northern Ireland only)

Monday 26th August 2024: Summer Bank Holiday

Wednesday 25th December 2024: Christmas Day

Thursday 26th December 2024: Boxing Day 

How to book around a Bank Holiday

You can make your time off go even further next year with some handy holiday hacks. By planning your annual leave around the bank holidays, meaning you’ll have plenty of time for all those trips you want to take, whether they’re long weekends away, or exciting long haul adventures.

Here’s how to maximise your bank holiday weekends in 2024

The year starts with an opportunity for an extended break around Good Friday (29th March) and Easter Monday (1st April), falling on a Friday and Monday respectively. By taking four days off from the 2nd to the 5th of April, you can enjoy a 10-day holiday.

Moving into May, the Early May Bank Holiday on Monday, 6th May, can serve as a springboard for a long weekend escape. Taking the preceding Friday off could extend your break, making room for a four-day mini-vacation.

The Spring Bank Holiday on Monday, 27th May, is another cornerstone for holiday planning. Positioning right at the end of May. By booking off the 28th to the 31st, you’ll have a nine-day holiday stretch, using only four days of leave.

The Summer Bank Holiday on Monday, 26th August (in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, with Scotland celebrating on Monday, 5th August), signals the peak of summer. Extending this weekend by taking additional days off can amplify the summer’s last hurrah into a full-blown holiday experience.

Christmas Day on Wednesday, 25th December, and Boxing Day on Thursday, 26th December, offer a splendid backdrop for a festive holiday escape. With these holidays falling midweek, you can extend your Christmas break by taking leave from the 23rd, 24th, and 27th, turning a standard week into a 9-day festive retreat. This period is ideal for those looking to experience Christmas markets in Europe, winter sun in more exotic locations, or simply enjoy a festive staycation wrapped in the warmth of seasonal joy.

Combining these Christmas holidays with New Year's Day, which welcomes 2025 on a Wednesday, further extends the possibility of a prolonged holiday period.

Please note that these dates are subject to change. It's always a good idea to double-check the dates to confirm that you have the correct information.

Here’s what you need to know about bank holiday weekends in the UK

We’ve been enjoying UK bank holidays for nearly 150 years now. They were introduced by the Bank Holidays Act of 1871 - but at that time there was only four days - as Good Friday (Easter) and Christmas had always been considered as days when the country took time out.

Due to cultural differences Scotland and Northern Ireland have slightly different days off. As Hogmanay (New Years) was traditionally a bigger deal than Christmas in Scotland, they get a New Year’s Holiday day off on the 2nd of January. They also have an early August Bank Holiday (first Monday in August) but don’t get the late August Bank Holiday off. If you’re booking your trip from Scotland, don’t forget St Andrew’s Day - which is the 30th of November but usually taken as the nearest Monday to that.

In Northern Ireland you also get St Patrick’s Day off in March, on March 17. As well as the Battle of the Boyne Day on July 12.

Where to go for the UK Bank Holidays in 2024

Now you have all the dates, the next question surely must be where’s the best places to go? We’ve pulled together our favourite Easter Bank Holiday destinations for you to consider. Looking for somewhere to visit over the May Bank Holiday? - these deals should give you something to think about for when the weather is warmer. The August Bank Holiday is a great way to finish off the summer.

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