Beware of Bank Holiday Weekends

If you’re going to be in Britain on a Bank Holiday weekend – be prepared for things to be closed or to close early and also be more expensive.

While most museums and major attractions will be open, they usually keep special holiday hours (which will usually be the same as Sunday hours).

A Bank Holiday is a public holiday in Britain where most of the country is off of work – that is except people who work in tourist hotspots. It can also be more expensive to travel on these weekends as you’ll have to share attractions, lodging, airplanes and the roads with other Brits – which means prices will be higher as they are peak travel times.

Here’s a list of the usual bank holidays so you can avoid them:

  • New Year’s
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • May Bank Holiday (first week of May)
  • Spring Bank Holiday (first week of June)
  • Summer Bank Holiday (last Monday in August)
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

Some of the holidays will vary on their observance between Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Check locally.


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