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.

Cast your vote for our shortlisted superstars

Cast your vote for our shortlisted superstars

Voting is now open and it's your chance to help us find Durham's next Tourism Superstar.

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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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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

Bishop Auckland is officially 'Coach Friendly'

21 Jun 2024

Bishop Auckland has been awarded the Confederation of Passenger Transport’s ‘Coach Friendly’ accreditation, in recognition of the town’s commitment to coach tourism. The award was presented to the Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Cllr Mike Harker, in Bishop Auckland Market Place on Friday 21st June. Bishop Auckland has become a popular destination for coach visits in […]

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New Remaking Beamish Openings

19 Jun 2024

To celebrate the opening of the latest Remaking Beamish developments, the Museum is holding a weekend of celebrations starting this Friday 21st June. The opening of the new 1820 Drovers Tavern and Pottery, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, add to the fantastic and growing offer at Beamish and strengthens further reasons to visit and stay […]

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The Story begins as new attraction opens to public

17 Jun 2024

A new visitor attraction celebrating the past, present and future of County Durham is now open to the public. Durham County Council officially opened The Story on Friday 14 June – a gateway to the history of County Durham and its people, on the outskirts of Durham City. Located in the recently restored and extended […]

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Suppliers to industry

Broom House Farm

Broom House Farm

Broom House Farm is an organic farm situated high above the Browney River Valley and overlooking Durham City. We breed our own Aberdeen Angus beef, lamb, mutton and Saddleback pork. The butchery displays in our farm shop showcase these products, properly hung and skilfully presented by our master butchery team. People travel miles to get […]

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Everdurance

Everdurance

We distribute sustainable drinks in eco-friendly packaging to businesses and events across the UK. As self-confessed eco enthusiasts, we’re committed to helping companies cut down on single-use plastics and achieve their own unique sustainability goals. Did you know that 77% of consumers are more willing to purchase goods or services from a company that shows […]

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Northern Print Distribution

Northern Print Distribution

Northern Print Distribution: Putting your leaflets precisely where you want them. At Northern Print Distribution we can help you implement an effective leaflet marketing campaign that will drive crucial footfall to your business.

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The Fairy Wedmother

The Fairy Wedmother

Aimed at wedding venues, The Fairy Wedmother offers training and development to wedding co-ordinators to increase your skills in enquiry conversion, getting more enquiries, increased and additional revenue along with keeping up with wedding trends.  We provide 1-1 or group training as a one off or with ongoing support.  Secret Wedmother can test your systems […]

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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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We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced creative Programme Director.
The successful applicant will be responsible for leading the strategic direction, management, and successful execution of 'Into the Light', a multi-million-pound, multi-partnership cultural programme in ...County Durham.

Find out more here 👇
https://www.visitcountydurham.org/programme-director/

We have recently welcomed Sarah Yates and Elliot Howey to the team here at Visit County Durham. Sarah joins us from ITV Tyne Tees as Communications Executive, and Elliot from Hotel Indigo Durham as Marketing Executive.

A warm County Durham welcome to you both!

📢 We want to ensure that County Durham is a thriving place to be, visit & enjoy. You can share your views and opinions on all things #CountyDurham by booking onto an online workshop 👇
bit.ly/CountyDurhamWorkshops

If you can’t make it, please take a few minutes to complete... our survey 👇 bit.ly/CountyDurham

*Survey closes at 12 noon, 1st July*

Have you thought about becoming a partner with Visit County Durham?
Our Partnership brings benefits through promoting and developing any type or size of business.

Don't just take our word for it, take a look at some of our fantastic reviews here 👇
...https://www.visitcountydurham.org/testimonials/

If you would like to know more or sign up, you can contact us here 👇 https://www.visitcountydurham.org/partnership-overview/

To celebrate the opening of the latest Remaking Beamish Museum developments, the Museum is holding a weekend of celebrations starting this Friday 21st June.
The opening of the new 1820 Drovers Tavern and Pottery, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, add to the fantastic and growing ...offer at Beamish and strengthens further reasons to visit and stay longer in the county.

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

Our Jobs & Skills section offers advice on how to recruit effectively, what training opportunities are available, along with best practice examples.

Find out more here 👇
https://www.visitcountydurham.org/recruitment-and.../

Supplier Partner Reed in Partnership provides the Restart Scheme in County Durham.

The Restart Scheme is a support service for long-term unemployed jobseekers. The service gives Universal Credit claimants who are out of work enhanced support to find jobs in their local area. Jobseekers who... fit the eligibility criteria receive up to 12 months of intensive personal support to help them break down their barriers to work and secure sustained employment.

Find out more here 👇
https://www.visitcountydurham.org/supplier/reed-in-partnership/?parent=suppliers-to-industry/

Having your event listed on This is Durham 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 👇
https://tinyurl.com/545fznfk