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Opening times of services

General opening and closing times in the UK

Opening times for businesses and services can vary hugely. Use this guide as a very general outline for what to expect, but for exact opening times you should contact the organisation directly. Also note, most British businesses do not close for lunch.

Banks & building societies

09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday
09:00-12:30 Saturday (limited branches)

Clinics & doctors' surgeries

08:30-18:00* Monday-Friday
*Many surgeries and clinics only see patients during certain hours. Some offer out-of-hours and weekend services.
If you have a medical emergency you should go to the Accident and Emergency department of the nearest hospital – Emergency services can be called free on 999.

Emergency services - hospitals, police and fire stations

24 hours a day
You can call emergency services free on 999

High street shops

10:00-18:30* Monday-Saturday
11:00-17:00* Sunday
*Larger shopping areas and centres may stay open later, sometimes up to 22:00, especially in busy periods like Christmas.

Museums & galleries

10:00-17:30* Monday-Saturday
Around lunchtime – 17:30* Sunday
*Times vary and some museums and galleries may close one day during the week.


*Nightclub closing times can vary greatly, some close around 02:00, while some stay open all night.

Post offices

09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday
09:00-12:30 Saturday (main offices only)


11:00-23:00* Monday-Saturday
11:00-22:30* Sunday
*Pubs in Britain have had the right to apply for a 24-hour drinking licence, so you will frequently find pubs open well after 23:00.


*Again, opening times can vary


09:00-22:00 Monday-Sunday

Taxi stations

24 hours a day

Tourist information centres

09:00-18:00* Monday-Friday
09:00-17:00* Weekends

Opening time vary, especially weekends. Some centres may close on Sundays.

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