Tony Irving’s top 10 travel tips

Every Friday night at the moment, my family and I tune in Let’s Dance on TV4. The Swedish version of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

My 6-year-old daughter loves it and so do I.  If I was a celebrity, I wouldn’t miss the chance to be on the dancefloor. Seems like so much fun. :-) Except for the harsh jury of course….  

One of the judges, and perhaps the toughest of them all, is Tony Irving. A British dancer, dance teacher and nowadays a very popular TV personality. Tony is a very proud to be an Englishman in Sweden. He is proud to be British and loves his home country. VisitBritain was very curious to find out about his favourite places to visit in the UK, and he kindly shared his top 10 travel tips with us! 

This is where you should go if you want to experience Tony Irving’s England:


1. Mousehole in Cornwall. Visiting this small quaint Cornish village gives a feeling of how things where . It’s Cornwall at it’s best.

2. Falmouth and Saint Mawes. A great place to visit to see Castels and small quiant villages and towns.

Visit the Jacobs Ladder Inn at Falmouth. (My Aunt ran this for years and I spent a lot of my youth there).

In Saint Mawes I reccommend the Ship and Castle Hotel on the Waterfront, the food is great and the location is amazing.

3. Windsor and Eton. Two towns seperated by the Thames. A perfect place to see England at it’s finest. Everything from historic Windsor castle to the prestigious Eton School. While you’re here a must is the House on the bridge restaurant.

4. Caernarfon Wales – A perfect spot to feel the history of Wales. It’s a place that as a child stimulated my fantasy and brought about a fascination for legends and stories that I still have today. It’s within easy reach of the Mennai Starights , The Island of Angelsey and Snowdonia so it’s a great place to base yourself for a long weekend holiday.

5. Bassenthwaite Lake near Keswick. Beautifull area if you like country walks in a ‘real’ English setting. My favourite place to stay is Armathwaite Hall. My family has been taking short weekend holidays there since the 80’s . If you want a Downtown Abbey feel it’s the perfect destination.

The beach in Falmouth

6. Ambleside at Lake Windermere. The heart of the Lake District. This picturesque town is a must if you visit this area. But just outside is a little village called Little Langdale. It’s a beautiful unspoiled area with a typical Inn called the Three Shires. A must! Especially if you’re looking for the William Wordsworth feel.

7. A day or night on the Northern Belle. Most people have heard of the Orient Express,well this is the Northern English extension of that famous rail service.

It’s an inexpensive way to treat yourself to a once in a lifetime experience. You’ll get a feeling for the Agatha Christie touch. It’s a wonderful experience for 2. My advice is try one of their dinner journeys. It’s a trip into a forgotten world. I love it!

8. Alton Towers, theme park and resort. In my opinion this is the best theme park and tivoli in England. Your kids will love it and if you don’t have kids you will thoroughly enjoy yourself.

9. Slaidburn and the forest of Bowland. This is for me one of the most exciting parts of the English countryside and I have many fond memories of our family outings to this area. The small rural village of Slaidburn is trapped in a time warp and is the stereotypical Lancashire country village. The best place to visit is the pub called the Hark to Bounty. They do a great traditional country pub food.


10. The one destination which I visit as often as I can is funnily enough Manchester. (My home District)

The city centre  or the Trafford centre are amazing for shopping.

The restaurants are out of this world. 

The nightlife is to die for and the theatre and musical scene is the best outside of London.

Close by to Manchester are lots of smaller towns with great access to the centre so you can always combine the two for a  town and country feel. But I prefer the Midland hotel as its got a high standard and everything you want is on the doorstep.

My favourite restaurant is the Cafe Istanbul. Oriental food at its best… And of course the different districts in the City, China town, the Indian district and of course the Gay village all come together to make Manchester a great cosmopolitan area.

Thank you Tony! Lots of great travel tips.

To download a Swedish version of Tony’s tips, click here.