london bank holiday closures may 27

hi, we will be in London may 27-31,will tourist sights be open on Monday the 27th? wondering about Tower of London etc. Many thanks, Sue

Posted by Marco
Oxford, United Kingdom
783 posts

"The Tower is closed 24-26 December (inclusive) and 1 January." Might find things a bit busier than normal on a bank holiday though. As the name suggests banks will be closed.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8760 posts

Bank holidays in the UK are like public holidays in the US or Texas. Think Memorial Day. Barbeques, family get togethers, school's out, go see grandma, take the kids to see the Tower of London, etc. It just means two things, really. First - public transport like trains and underground and buses will be busier than usual, and because the track maintenance people can take advantage of a three day weekend there is often "planned engineering work" which can cause a bit of a ruckus but less if you plan ahead and have you plan B worked out ahead. Second - big attractions will be busier because not only tourists will be visiting them. Third - if the weather cooperates there will be mad dashes to the coast and parks.

Posted by Sue
Austin, TX, USA
33 posts

Thanks very much for your advice! Will the entire week in May be very busy or just the long weekend? Sue

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8760 posts

Because the kiddos will be out in the wild (English schools don't finish for the year until July) for the holiday there will be plenty of folk about. Expect the Friday and Monday to be worst (especially on the roads and transport).

Posted by Kristi
Hattiesburg, MS, USA
11 posts

Nigel, do you think the National car rental desk at the Glasgow airport will be open on the bank holiday, May 27th? I want to drop my rental off that day, but haven't received an answer yet from National. Calling tomorrow, hoping I have the right contact info. Just thought you might could lend some insight. :) Thanks

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8760 posts

I have no knowledge of either car rentals or Glasgow, unfortunately. I would be floored if a car rental desk were closed on one of the busiest days of the year. I would call for you but the telephone number comes with a large surcharge so I won't.