What is the time now in the UK?

Current local time in UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)

Time zone and Daylight Saving Time (DST) rules

UK clocks switched to British Summer Time (BST)

UK summer time is GMT+1.

When Daylight Saving Time rules are not in use, UK is on GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), which is the Standard Time.

Convert Local to UK

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Current daylight saving dates for Europe


  • Daylight Saving Time began: Sunday 29 March 2020  01:00 GMT. Clocks went forward one hour.
  • Daylight Saving Time ends: Sunday 25 October 2020  01:00 GMT. Clocks go back one hour.

UK and Europe Clock Change Rules

UK Time Zone

The UK is in the Western European Time Zone . It has the same GMT/UTC offset as Ireland and Portugal, but the DST and Standard Time names are different.

UK Daylight Saving / Summer Time

Like most countries in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in the UK, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour, that is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT+1).

After the summer months time in the UK is shifted back by 1 hour to Western European Time (WET) or (GMT).

Discover the history of British Daylight Saving

British Summer Time Dates

Daylight saving time begin and end dates, Sunday 01:00 GMT (1.00am Greenwich Mean Time):

Proposals have been made from time to time about changing the UK's time zone to Central European Time.

However, any changes would need to have full regard to the effect on business and transport links with other countries, on health and safety issues such as road traffic accidents, and on social and community life.

Although there could be some advantages, adoption of Central European Time in the UK would result in later sunrise in winter, affecting particularly outdoor workers and people in the north of England and Scotland.

There are no current plans to change the UK’s time zone and DST rules.

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