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.

Durham’s Visitor Economy exceeds £1 billion Milestone

Durham’s Visitor Economy exceeds £1 billion Milestone

Tourism contributed £1.23 billion to Durham’s economy, the latest industry research has revealed.

Tourism Superstar Nominations

Tourism Superstar Nominations

Applications are now open for Durham Tourism Superstar 2024. Help us to showcase the very best visitor welcome and customer service.

Join Us

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.

Join Us

Filming Friendly Durham

Supporting production companies, filmmakers and photographers, make Durham your next destination.

Filming Friendly Durham
Business Events and Conference Market

Business Events and Conference Market

The county’s new website for conference, meeting and event venues.

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
Visitors in Durham

20.15m

(Visitors Annually)

Visits to Attractions
Attractions in Durham

6.5m

(75 Attractions)

Staying Visitors
Accommodation in Durham

8%

(Overnight Stays)

Employment
Tourism employment in Durham

13,178

(Jobs Within the Industry)

Visitor Economy
Durhams Visitor economy

£1.23bn

(Annual Income)

Latest news

Coach Friendly Status Renewed for Beamish Museum

24 May 2024

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North is celebrating the renewal of its Coach Friendly Status by The Confederation on Passenger Transport UK. The Coach Friendly Status recognises the museum’s commitment to providing excellent service for coaches and groups and demonstrates Beamish’s understanding of the coach, its passengers and driver. Samantha Shotton, Chief Operating Officer […]

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Locomotion’s £8m New Hall opens on 24 May

23 May 2024

A brand new £8m collections building opens at Locomotion in Shildon, County Durham, this weekend – the museum’s most significant regeneration project since it opened 20 years ago, making it the largest undercover collection of historic rail vehicles anywhere in Europe. Over 100 vehicles are now on display, celebrating the role of Shildon as the world’s […]

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£3.7million scheme to connect Durham City’s main walking and cycling routes

23 May 2024

Walking and cycling routes to Durham City’s main employment, education and tourist sites are set to benefit from better connections as part of a £3.7million scheme. The Durham County Council scheme will see work carried out to join up the city’s main cycling and walking networks. Improvements are planned at Sidegate, Framwellgate waterside, Freeman’s Place, […]

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Suppliers to industry

n-gage.io

n-gage.io

The all-in-one, cloud based attraction management software and audience mobile app, helping the global attraction, leisure & entertainment industry to enhance audience engagement, gain valuable insights & drive revenues. Built from the ground up for the experience economy, the n-gage.io platform and mobile visitor app is helping attractions of all sizes and types to simplify their approach […]

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Stroodles

Stroodles

Stroodles is an Eco Tableware company, famous for its pasta straws, featured on Dragons Den, BBC Good Food, Unilad, and many more. The Stroodles portfolio also includes edible biscuit spoons and stirrers, edible wafer cups, eco wheat bran plates, biscuit bowls and saucers. The Alchemist, de Longhi, Marriott, Hilton and Selfridges are already stroodling Stroodles […]

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Arty, Inc

Arty, Inc

Gavin Selby - Creative Designer, Photographer and Filmmaker. Gavin has over 18 years experience within the creative arts and is highly passionate about Graphic Design, Photography, Filmmaking, Video Editing and Animation. Trading under the name Arty, Inc. he works closely with local businesses, authorities and groups to create bespoke content for their online presence (Social Media and search […]

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WL Distillery

WL Distillery

WL Distillery is a North East based Gin Distillery, combining our passion for gin and the great outdoors by creating authentic tasting gins made with specially selected ingredients. Our recently released First Edition Gin inspired by our distillers Grandads Garden has been crafted to take you on a taste journey of the North East. Combining […]

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Visit County Durham latest

Latest tourism figures for Durham build on bumper £1bn milestone

Latest tourism figures for Durham build on bumper £1bn milestone

The latest STEAM* figures, which calculate the volume and value of the county’s visitor economy, show that Durham has continued to build on the bumper £1bn milestone achieved in 2022, with results showing expenditure rose by 18.8% in 2023, to £1.23bn. Overall, 20.15 million people visited the county, an increase of 12.5%. Durham also recorded […]

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VCD Blog - Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024

VCD Blog - Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024

Today (Friday 8 March) is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is a chance to reflect on the remarkable feats of women, past and present, while also recognising the amazing women we encounter in our own personal and professional lives. Ultimately, International Women’s Day […]

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A destination for all: Accessibility takes centre stage at tourism conference

A destination for all: Accessibility takes centre stage at tourism conference

Ensuring an excellent welcome for all visitors was the key theme of Visit County Durham’s 2023 Industry Conference.

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Research reveals Memorable Moments marketing campaign generated millions in visitor spend

Research reveals Memorable Moments marketing campaign generated millions in visitor spend

Visit County Durham’s national destination marketing campaign, Memorable Moments, generated £86.6 million in visitor spend, research has revealed.

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Social wall

Destinations, businesses and venues along the Northern Saints routes can utilise the trails in their own marketing activity with The Northern Saints Toolkit.
Containing items including web copy, images, logos and example social media posts, the toolkit supports businesses to benefit from the ...Northern Saints Trails.

Find out more here 👇
https://tinyurl.com/bdcx9y8j

Cosmo, the majestic grey shire horse is being put through his paces as the latest recruit to join the cast and crew of the north east’s much awaited summer production Kynren – An Epic Tale of England.

Preparing for his starring role as a carriage horse, Cosmo is already impressing the ...cavalry team with his natural ability on the vast seven-and-a half acre stage.

Featuring in some of the processions and the action-packed Viking attack scene where a fisherwoman is kidnapped by Vikings raiding the village, Cosmo has also been introduced to many of the 1,000 volunteers as part of his training.

Read more here 👇
https://www.visitcountydurham.org/news/kynrens-latest-recruit-begins-his-training-as-the-show-prepares-for-its-summer-run/

As well as our industry VCD Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts where we share content to support you and your business, we also have a number of visitor facing social media accounts.
These accounts are updated daily with inspiring content for you to share with your visitors.
To stay ...up to date with the latest things to see and do, places to stay and where to eat across the county follow @thisisdurham on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube

Find out more about connecting with our social media here 👇
https://www.visitcountydurham.org/social-media-for-business/

Discover some amazing offers from our Supplier Partners....from special offers with Stroodles to a personalised survey system with Insight6 for North Yorkshire & Teesside

Take a closer look here 👇
https://www.visitcountydurham.org/supplier-offers/

The latest STEAM* figures, which calculate the volume and value of the county’s visitor economy, show that Durham has continued to build on the bumper £1bn milestone achieved in 2022, with results showing expenditure rose by 18.8% in 2023, to £1.23bn.

Overall, 20.15 million people ...visited the county, an increase of 12.5%. Durham also recorded a significant leap in day visits, up by 13.7% year-on-year, reflecting the impact major developments and investments including The Auckland Project and Beamish Museum have had on attracting visitors to the county.

Find out more here 👇
https://www.visitcountydurham.org/visitcountydurham/latest-tourism-figures-for-durham-build-on-bumper-1bn-milestone/

Could you be the face of Durham? 📸
We're looking for outgoing people, including couples and families, who are comfortable in front of the camera to be part of our new photography commission to help promote Durham to potential visitors.
The photos will cover a wide range of ...activities, from shopping and visiting attractions, to tucking into delicious food & drink, exploring the great outdoors and accommodation.
We're looking for volunteers of all diversities, ethnicities, abilities and genders to showcase the true diversity and beauty of our county. No experience needed.

Apply here 👉 https://www.visitcountydurham.org/volunteer-model-sign-up

Make sure you never miss out on the latest industry news with our Wednesday Grapevine e-newsletter.

Sign up here 👇
https://tinyurl.com/27h89c8v

Visitor economy businesses can access Northern Pride & Curious Arts' fantastic LGBTQIA+ awareness training free of charge at Delta Hotels by Marriott Durham Royal County on 7th June.
Funded by Destination North East England to help them provide a more inclusive welcome and visitor ...experience, as well as gaining the skills and understanding to support LQBTQIA+ people in their workforce.

Find out more & register here 👇
https://tinyurl.com/ksrr3sar

Supplier Partner Cacao Brew uses whole organic cacao beans to create a beverage similar to coffee or loose-leaf tea. By roasting and grinding the beans, it offers a rich, dark chocolate flavour with variations in taste based on the origin of the cacao beans used.

Learn more and explore the... flavour notes from each origin before choosing your perfect brew here 👇
https://tinyurl.com/4demvj9t