Destination management organisation

Welcome to Visit County Durham - the tourism management agency for County Durham which works on behalf of businesses and public agencies to support the growth and development of the county's visitor economy.

Visit County Durham has strategic responsibility for tourism and performs the functions of destination management and marketing in the county. Many others are involved in delivering a vibrant visitor economy, one organisation cannot do it alone, which is why we are a partnership.

Our aim is to place the visitor at the heart of everything we do.

Business Support Toolkits

Business Support Toolkits

Offering you advice and guidance in order to help you run your businesses.

Durham Tourism Management Plan

Durham Tourism Management Plan

The Durham Tourism Management Plan (DTMaP) is recognised across the county as the plan for developing its visitor economy.

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From attractions and accommodation providers to places to eat, things to do and local suppliers, Visit County Durham Partnership brings benefits through promoting and developing any type or size of business.

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Destination Performance

Reports measuring the volume and value of tourism activity annually.

Destination Performance


Visit County Durham is providing a range of promotional opportunities to support visitor economy businesses.

Find a Supplier

Find a Supplier

Visit County Durham work with a number of Supplier Partner’s who offer services which are directly relevant to tourism businesses.

Destination performance

Visitors in Durham


(Visitors Annually)

Visits to attractions
Attractions in Durham


(70 attractions)

Staying Visitors
Accommodation in Durham


(Overnight Stays)

Tourism employment in Durham


(Jobs within the industry)

Visitor Economy
Durhams Visitor economy


(Annual Income)

Latest news

Crowdfunder appeal

11 May 2022

The Weardale Museum is looking to restore High House Chapel and create a new Heritage Centre with a view to preserving Weardale history. They have started a Crowdfunder to raise the final £10,500 needed to help preserve the Grade 2 Listed property, ensuring it continues to play a focal part in rural Weardale life. Pledge […]

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National Accessible Scheme

11 May 2022

VisitEngland is undertaking a review of the National Accessible Scheme (NAS). The NAS is a long-running voluntary scheme that helps accommodation proprietors in England to develop and promote their true level of accessibility. They are keen to receive the views of suppliers and others working in the visitor economy to help identify and deliver initiatives […]

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How's Business Survey

11 May 2022

Following the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years, the visitor economy has entered the recovery phase. Understanding the ongoing impact on business performance and recovery helps us to review the work needed to support the industry. Therefore we would appreciate your time to complete our How's Business Survey.

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Suppliers to industry



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Allies Group

Allies Group

We are the Allies Group - we live and breathe searingly hot content, precision targeted digital marketing, intuitive web builds and enlightening digital training. As your Allies, we will guide you towards the dizzy heights of excellence, giving you the tools to master business marketing in the ever-growing digital age. We deliver results and we know what […]

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Durham Coffee

Durham Coffee

Ethically sourced speciality coffee with a local twist Durham Coffee is a small family run business and the journey from bean to cup is always a personal process. Having worked as a father-daughter team in the coffee industry for many years now we are proud to introduce you to our unique Durham Heritage Range and […]

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New College Durham

New College Durham

New College Durham has over 50 different higher education and professional qualifications in a diverse range of subjects. We deliver these programmes in addition to other professional training options and qualifications to support you in the development of your whole organisation. Enhancing the qualifications and potential of your existing employees is an ideal way of […]

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Visit County Durham latest

Durham Pocket Guide 2022

Durham Pocket Guide 2022

Work is now underway in conjunction with our publishing partner, Offstone, to create the 2022 edition of the Durham Pocket Guide, with Visit County Durham partners able to benefit from exclusive discounted rates. 125,000 copies will be distributed across the region in early May and will be used as our primary post-arrival fulfilment marketing tool. For […]

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Tourism Sentiment Score

Tourism Sentiment Score

The Tourism Sentiment Score is a measure of a destination’s ability to generate positive word of mouth about its tourism offer, which is vitally important when growing the image, identity and reputation of a place. The score is based solely on online conversations that reference or affect a potential traveller’s perceptions of a destination, with […]

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Back the Bid!

Back the Bid!

Calling all County Durham and North East businesses and those businesses anywhere who just love County Durham! We need your support to secure the UK City of Culture 2025 title for County Durham. Securing the UK City of Culture title would bring transformational social and economic benefits to the entire region, at a time when the […]

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Be Part of VisitBritain's International Marketing Campaign

Be Part of VisitBritain's International Marketing Campaign

Download their industry toolkit to see how you can get involved and be part of our campaign to highlight your business or destination to international consumers. What do I get? Join a movement to inspire and welcome visitors back to Britain A chance to highlight your business or destination to consumers with the potential to […]

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Visit County Durham has launched a passport to encourage walkers to seek out locations along the Northern Saints routes to obtain stamps as a record of their visit.
Marketing activity promotes participating businesses, driving footfall to those taking part.

Get in touch to find out ...more about stocking or participating in the passport here 👇

Join Visit County Durham and other speakers for a Visitor Accommodation Development Workshop on 9th June, 12pm until 4pm.

For more information and to book your place, email 👇

Welcome to our new Strategic Partner Host & Stay!

Find out about their unique, flexible and millennial approach to managing and marketing your property here 👇

Understanding the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on business performance and recovery helps us to review the work needed to support the industry.
Therefore we would appreciate your time to complete our How's Business Survey here:
Closing date Fri 27 May.

Prince Bishops Place Ambassadors Susan and Amanda. The team are always around to ensure everything is wonderful in Prince Bishops Place! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #princebishopsplace #durham #princebishopsplace

The judging panel for UK City of Culture 2025 were welcomed to the county last week.
An exciting and immersive timetable of activities was arranged for the judges, including visits to Redhills, the historic home of the Durham Miners' Association; Dawdon on the east coast of the county to local people engaged in a community arts project; the Spanish Gallery and No 42 at Bishop Auckland; and Durham City where they explored the UNESCO World Heritage Site. If County Durham secures the title, it would bring colossal social and economic benefits to the entire region.
The winner is due to be announced later this month.

If you haven't already, please back the bid here 👇

Having your event listed on This is is valuable exposure to thousands of visitors to Durham.
If you have an event or an exhibition that you’d like us to include in our Week Ahead events listing guide you can submit this easily here 👇