Barclays to close another 27 bank branches this year - how you could be affected

Barclays to close another 27 branches, bringing the total closures total 103. Here’s what you need to know

A branch of Barclays bank
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Barclays bank is closing an extra 27 branches later this year, as more of its customers turn to online banking. 

The bank has already closed 63 branches this year and is now set to close 40 more in June, July and August.

Barclays is just one of a number of banks reducing its high street presence. HSBC has shut one and will close 69 more. Lloyds group, which includes Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland, has shut 47 and will close 88. NatWest, which includes Royal Bank of Scotland, has closed 31 and will close 24.

Santander said last month that it is reducing branch opening hours as more customers move online. 

TSB has closed 39 and will shut 31 more, while Virgin Money has shut down 29 and will do so to one more branch. While Santander will not close any branches, it will reduce its opening hours. 

Nationwide Building Society will close three branches after already closing four but it has extended its pledge to protect branches in cities and towns across the UK until 2024 - an extra year on its original pledge. It means the mutual lender will not leave any town or city in which it is based without a branch until at least 2024. It has 625 branches across the UK and had originally set the pledge until at least 2023.

Meanwhile, the Financial Conduct Authority has proposed new guidance for firms planning to change access to services. It wants them to prove that they've done the research: assessing usage trends over a sensible period of time, understanding the needs of customers, and examining how many vulnerable people rely on a branch. If it’s not happy the firm has looked into this properly, it can ask for more work to be done, including a halt to a closure if suitable alternatives can’t be set up in time.

We explain which branches Barclays is closing, how you will be affected and what you can do.

Which Barclays branches are set to close later this year?

Barclays has confirmed that the following branch closures will take place:

BranchExpected closure
Epping22nd June
Bexhill-on-Sea22nd June
Manchester 23rd June
Stow-on-the-Wold23rd June
St Austell24th June
Muswell Hill, London24th June
Pinner 29th June
Rawtenstall29th June
Felixstowe29th June
Beaconsfield 1st July
Surbiton 1st July
Gateshead 1st July
Heswall 1st July
Selby3rd August
Ryde4th August
Peterborough5th August
Maldon5th August
Middleton 5th August
Havant10th August
Sidcup10th August
Corby10th August
Petersfield12th August
Wells12th August
Prestwich12th August
Feltham12th August
Chester-le-Street12th August
Southgate Chase Side18th August
Sheerness19th August
Longton 19th August
Dunmow 19th August
Chesterfield 19th August
Lampeter23rd August
Chorley24th August
Billericay24th August
Holloway25th August
Ripon25th August
Ludlow26th August
Bridgenorth26th August
Saffron Walden26th August
Alfreton26th August

 How can I access cash?

If you are unable to get to a bank branch, an ATM or a free-to-use ATM at Post Office branches (opens in new tab), some shops and supermarkets offer cashback with your debit card. You can find your nearest one using the search option on the Link website (opens in new tab).

There’s no charge if you choose to access cash this way and you do not need to make a purchase in the shop or supermarket. 

If you need to cash in a cheque

Barclays confirmed to The Money Edit that customers cash in a cheque using the alternative methods below:

- On the Barclays app by clicking on 'pay and transfer' and then 'pay in a cheque'
- Posting a cheque to Barclays at Barclays Bank, Leicester, LE87 2BB. Customers need to include a paying in slip and clear instructions of their name, address, signatures and instructions on where to deposit the cheque
- At a Post Office

Switch accounts

Not happy that your bank branch is closing. You could switch to another bank and even get a bonus for doing it. We explain this in our article ‘free money for switching bank accounts’.

Katie is staff writer at The Money Edit. She was the former staff writer at The Times and The Sunday Times. Her experience includes writing about personal finance, culture, travel and interviews celebrities.  Her investigative work on financial abuse resulted in a number of mortgage prisoners being set free - and a nomination for the Best Personal Finance Story of the Year in the Headlinemoney awards 2021.