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.

Business Events and Conference Market

Business Events and Conference Market

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

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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
Vacancy - Visit County Durham Advisory Board

Vacancy - Visit County Durham Advisory Board

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader who is passionate about County Durham’s visitor economy and the growth potential of the sector.

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

Attractions Survey Results

24 Jul 2024

VisitEngland has published its 2023 Annual Survey of Visits to Visitor Attractions showing that while visits to attractions across England continued to recover last year, they were still significantly down on pre-pandemic levels. Overall visits to attractions in England were up 11% in 2023 compared to 2022 with the rate of growth slower than in […]

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How's Business

24 Jul 2024

Please spare 10 minutes of your time to complete our latest How's Business survey. The results are important for us to see what is hapenning across the visitor economy and to analyse where there are themes and issues. the results of the survey help inform our future activity and to see how we can best […]

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Detailed Access Guides 

24 Jul 2024

Today's travellers want detailed and factual descriptions of venue accessibility, in the form of an Accessibility Guide, to empower them to make personal choices. To support this, VisitEngland is providing discounts to tourism businesses to help them provide quality-assured accessibility information for customers, including a discount for the smallest businesses to get a Detailed Access […]

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Suppliers to industry

Calder's Kitchen

Calder's Kitchen

Calder's Kitchen was formed by husband and wife team Andrew and Anne-Marie Calder in 2015. We started making Piccalilli in our family kitchen after discovering Andrew's late Granddad, Charlie's favourite family recipe and deciding to 'give it a go'. After quickly realising our classic, traditional condiment was vastly different from modern day mainstream piccalilli we […]

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Stick Marketing

Stick Marketing

We are an experienced brand and digital marketing agency based in Durham City. We apply strategic and creative thinking to your brand, online presence and marketing communications. We are on a mission to deliver you big ideas, true stories, engaging content and real results - all while providing value for money and return on your […]

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Reed in Partnership

Reed in Partnership

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 […]

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Weardale Cheese

Weardale Cheese

Based in one of the old workshops at Harperley Prisoner of War Camp, Weardale Cheese occupies a truly unique location at the entrance to beautiful Weardale in County Durham. Sourcing milk from local farms, Weardale Cheese produces a range of hard and soft artisan cheeses selling at farmers markets and locally to shops, pubs, restaurants […]

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Visit County Durham latest

Kynren volunteer crowned Durham Tourism Superstar 2024

Kynren volunteer crowned Durham Tourism Superstar 2024

A key member of one of Durham’s star attractions has been crowned Durham Tourism Superstar 2024. Wendy Wilshere, Head of Casting and Engagement at 11 Arches- the organisation behind  Kynren, secured the most public votes in the annual competition, which is organised by Visit County Durham, Durham County Council’s tourism service.

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Boost for Durham as new developments drive growth in the visitor economy

Boost for Durham as new developments drive growth in the visitor economy

Latest tourism figures show a major boost for Durham’s economy as the county builds on its bumper £1bn milestone achieved in 2022, with new attractions playing a key role in helping the county reach a new record.

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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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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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Today's travellers want detailed and factual descriptions of venue accessibility, in the form of an Accessibility Guide, to empower them to make personal choices.
To support this, VisitEngland is providing discounts to tourism businesses to help them provide quality-assured accessibility ...information for customers, including a discount for the smallest businesses to get a Detailed Access Guide for just £1 plus VAT through AccessAble.

Find out how to get your access guide here 👇
https://www.visitbritain.org/business-advice/make-your-business-accessible-and-inclusive/update-accessibility-information

Kynren – An Epic Tale of England has been recognised in Tripadvisor’s® Travellers' Choice® Awards for 2024.

The 1,000-strong volunteer cast and crew received news of the accolade following a successful preview night ahead of the summer season of shows, which starts on Saturday ...27th July.

The award honours businesses that consistently earn great reviews, placing them among the top 10% of listings around the world on TripAdvisor.

Read more here 👇
https://www.visitcountydurham.org/news/kynren-claims-tripadvisor-travelers-choice-awards-2024/

📣 This week's Grapevine is out now, featuring a message from our Managing Director Michelle Gorman.

Read the latest about-
▪️ How's Business Survey
▪️ Detailed Access Guides
▪️ Attractions Survey Results
▪️ New Ministers

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

VCD Partners, could your business benefit from leaflet distribution through our Visitor Information Network? Get your literature in front of both visitors and residents alike at approximately 40 key locations across the county.

Find out more here 👇
https://tinyurl.com/5dck9dex

Take a look at our Accessibility Toolkit which will offer you advice and guidance in order to help you run your business 👇
https://tinyurl.com/mr5axhaj

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/

Durham moved south, very briefly, last week as members of the Visit County Durham team headed to the Great Yorkshire Show, also flying the flag for Durham were partners including Kynren, The Auckland Project, Raby Castle , Weardale Railway and Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham.

The annual ...four-day event is a highlight in the agricultural diary attracting 140,000 visitors and with Yorkshire representing a target market for the county, the show is an excellent opportunity to promote Durham.

Read more here 👇
https://www.visitcountydurham.org/pressreleases/durham-showcased-at-great-yorkshire-show/

Discover some amazing offers from our Supplier Partners....from a personalised survey system with Insight6 for North Yorkshire & Teesside to FREE IT training with Official New College Durham

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

Beamish Museum, The Living Museum of the North is bringing a flavour of the award-winning museum to Durham city centre with the opening of a pop-up emporium.

The Beamish Emporium, which has opened in the Prince Bishops Place shopping centre, is a pioneering project for the museum. ...Customers can discover the immersive Beamish experience; browse traditional Beamish gifts and souvenirs, including sweets and toys; see museum collections and take part in hands-on activities, including an Edwardian selfie studio.

Read more here 👇
https://www.visitcountydurham.org/news/beamish-brings-museum-experience-to-durham-city-centre-in-pop-up-emporium/