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.

Be part of Durham’s national marketing campaign

Be part of Durham’s national marketing campaign

Promoting the county as a place to visit this autumn and winter.

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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
Opportunities

Opportunities

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
Visitors in Durham

11.4m

(Visitors Annually)

Visits to attractions
Attractions in Durham

4m

(70 attractions)

Staying Visitors
Accommodation in Durham

6%

(Overnight Stays)

Employment
Tourism employment in Durham

6,794

(Jobs within the industry)

Visitor Economy
Durhams Visitor economy

£507m

(Annual Income)

Latest news

Hotel makes treats a priority for its club members

4 Oct 2022

A top North East hotel has unveiled the latest tranche of treats for those signed up to its Priority Club. 600-year-old Lumley Castle Hotel, at Chester-le-Street, launched the free-to-join membership scheme – which gives access to special offers and early bird event invitations - earlier this year. Those who sign up to the Castle Priority […]

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Discover unique and exciting jobs at Beamish Museum

3 Oct 2022

Step back in time and become immersed in North East history with exciting new jobs at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North. From an Edwardian Engager to a fish fryer, a range of unique roles are being advertised at the award-winning County Durham museum, including in The 1900s Town, new 1950s Town and Food […]

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Master Chef of Great Britain launches new menu at Lumley Castle

30 Sep 2022

The elite head chef at one of the North East’s most renowned hotels is showcasing his skill and experience with a new, fine dining menu. Jim Hall, recently awarded the prestigious Master Chef of Great Britain title, leads the catering team at historic Lumley Castle Hotel, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham. And he has just launched a […]

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Suppliers to industry

A & E Harmonious Compliance Training

A & E Harmonious Compliance Training

A & E Training started up after gaining many years of experience within the Training Field, Instructing multiple subjects over 25 years whilst serving in the military, 10 years as a Sea Cadet Corps Instructor and 10 Years as a Royal Yachting Association Power Boat Instructor. We offer you training where our trainers are passionate […]

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AZETS

AZETS

Azets is an international accounting, tax, audit, advisory and business services group, with 160 offices across the UK and Europe, over 6,500 employees and 600 Partners. With the largest UK network of local offices, Azets client service is based on delivering a highly personalised experience, serving business and individuals digitally and in person. We advise […]

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Durham OnAir

Durham OnAir

We are the brand new, local radio station for County Durham and Durham City. We are OnAir 24 hours a day with great music, chat, entertainment and competitions. We cover live events from all over County Durham, whilst providing great local entertainment all day, every day! Our Dj's have featured on stations such as BBC […]

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La Chocolatrice

La Chocolatrice

There are two sides to our business. We make a beautiful range of delicious handmade chocolate products and we also teach chocolate making workshops.   We currently have two sites; our Chocolate Factory and Shop in Coxhoe, Co. Durham, and our beautiful Chocolate Studio in Newcastle City Centre. We are now taking bookings for Chocolate […]

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Visit County Durham latest

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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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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US travel trade mission

US travel trade mission

In partnership with Marketing Manchester and Avanti Destinations, Visit County Durham is visiting Texas next week as part of the Manchester Gateway Project. We will be meeting with over 150 US travel trade, travel agents and travel media across the week, with the aim of increasing awareness of Durham as a holiday destination and using Manchester […]

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Durham security office scoops tourism superstar award

Durham security office scoops tourism superstar award

Durham has crowned its first Tourism Superstar in three years, following a hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Connor Turnbull, a security officer at Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Destination, has been crowned Durham Tourism Superstar 2022 thanks to his excellent customer service, volunteering experience and tenacious attitude to tourism. Richard Kaye, centre manager at Dalton […]

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Raby Estates has announced that householders and businesses across the whole of Upper Teesdale will have the benefit of ultrafast broadband from the autumn.

A programme to bring high connectivity broadband to over 50 tenants of the estate and other neighbouring properties is being rolled ...out over the next three months through the UK Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

Find out more here 👇

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Today is #NationalVodkaDay

Did you know that we have our very own Beamish vodka? It is inspired by the beautiful raspberries growing in the terraced gardens at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall, with the artwork on the bottles being inspired by original designs from our collection.

Supplier Spotlight: @ArtyInc has over 18 years experience within creative arts and highly passionate about Graphic Design, Photography, Filmmaking, Video Editing and Animation.
Find out how can create bespoke content for your online presence here: https://tinyurl.com/2t4bsxxn

Absolutely delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded Trip Advisors Travellers Choice Award for the second year running!

Thanks to you all and your wonderful feedback. Thank you ☺️

#feelingblessed
#EATMAKESTAY #local #cheese #awardwinning #proudlyunstoppable

The Durham Pocket Guide, the county’s official tourism publication, is being distributed throughout the region providing information on things to see and do, and places to eat.
Businesses can request copies by emailing 👇
visitor@thisisdurham.com

Supplier Partner Arty Inc. has over 18 years experience within the creative arts and is highly passionate about Graphic Design, Photography, Filmmaking, Video Editing and Animation.

Find out how you could work with them to create bespoke content for your online presence here 👇
...https://tinyurl.com/mrytatss

Interested in working @durhamcastle part of @durham_uni? The team are on the hunt for Assistant Principal. Check out job role below:
https://t.co/ZmzAqRDqlu

Lovely Durham morning & off to London for Association Cultural Enterprises session! Looking forward to seeing delegates 😊😊⁦@Beamish_Museum⁩ ⁦@ACEnterprises⁩ ⁦@VCDBusiness⁩ ⁦@M___HENDERSON⁩ ⁦@iainawatson⁩ ⁦