The first of these public holidays is Easter Weekend, which falls between Friday, 10 April and Monday, 13 April. After that, there are two May bank holidays, on Monday, 4 May and Monday, 25 May, followed by a final summer bank holiday on Monday, 30 August.
Here at Cruise Critic, we can't think of a better way to make the most of those extra days off than by setting sail from close to home. And cruise lines certainly seem to agree, with many offering mini-cruises from U.K. ports, making it even easier to get away.
Take a look at the port of Southampton, for example. On the final May bank holiday, there are four ex-U.K. departures. And, on the August bank holiday, there are five big-ships, including Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas, Cunard's Queen Mary 2 and Princess Cruises' new U.K.-based flagship, Grand Princess, leaving the south coast port.
Here are a few of our favourite bank holiday escapes:
Fred. Olsen: five-night Iberia cruise on Black Watch from £381 per person (departing 13 April)
Cunard's Queen Mary 2 six-night trans-Atlantic crossing to New York from £615 per person (departing 2 May)
Royal Caribbean: four-night Independence of the Seas mini-cruise to Cork from £484 per person (departing 23 May)
P&O Cruises: two-night mini-cruise onboard Ventura to Brugge from £312 per person (departing 30 August)
Those are just a few of the many options available. We've rounded up additional holiday weekend cruise options departing from the U.K. in our Cruise Roundup: U.K. Bank Holiday Getaways. And be sure to check out Cruise Deals often for the latest sales.
--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor