Bank holidays are holidays when banks and many other businesses are closed for the day. Public Holidays are holidays which have been observed through custom and practice, such as Christmas Day. Find out about the bank and public holiday dates in Northern Ireland and employees' rights to pay or time off on bank holidays.
Bank and public holiday dates
The expected dates of bank and public holidays in Northern Ireland for this year, and the next two years, are listed below.
*When the usual date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the 'substitute day' is normally the following Monday. For example in 2013, St Patrick's Day is on Sunday 17 March, so the substitute bank holiday is Monday, 18 March
|New Year's Day||1 January||1 January|
|St Patrick's Day||17 March||17 March|
|Good Friday||18 April||3 April|
|Easter Monday||21 April||6 April|
|Early May Bank Holiday||5 May||4 May|
|Spring Bank Holiday||26 May||25 May|
|Battle of the Boyne - or Orangemen's Day||14 July*||13 July*|
|Summer Bank Holiday||25 August||31 August|
|Christmas Day||25 December||25 December|
|Boxing Day||26 December||28 December*|
Special bank holidays
There are laws that allow the dates of bank holidays to be changed, or other holidays to be declared, for example to celebrate special occasions.
Time off for employees
You don't have a statutory right to paid leave on bank and public holidays, though many people receive the day off work. Any right to time off or extra pay for working on a bank holiday depends on the terms of your contract of employment.
For more information about your right to paid leave, see 'Holiday entitlements'.
British Summer Time
British Summer Time (BST) starts on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October, at 1.00 am Greenwich Mean Time (GMT):
- in spring the clocks go forward, losing an hour - at 1.00 am GMT the UK moves to 2.00 am BST
- in autumn the clocks go back, giving an extra hour - at 2.00 am BST the UK moves to 1.00 am GMT
This year the summer time periods begin and end on the following dates:
|Clocks go forward||31 March|
|Clocks go back||27 October|
More useful links
- DVA - Bank and Public Holidays (motoring section)
- Activities, attractions and events in Northern Ireland (leisure, home and community section)
- Leisure and recreation (leisure, home and community section)
- Journey planner (travel, transport and roads section)
- Term dates and school holidays (parents section)
- Emergency healthcare (health and well-being section)