Coiste | Irish Political Tours
Irish Political Tours

Political Tour Providers Based In Belfast since 1999

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Falls & Shankill Tour

Guided tour of the Falls Road and Shankill Road and the infamous Peace Wall

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Educational Activities

Find out about how we cater for Schools, Colleges & Universities for tours of political, historical, cultural and educational significance

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Welcome to Coiste Na nIarchimí’s original West Belfast bespoke walking tours, delivered by former political prisoners who share their personal experiences of the British/Irish conflict. 

Coiste Irish Political Tours has been been awarded the “Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best 2022” award - being classed within the top 10% of visitor attractions in the world.

Coiste Irish Political Tours operates political tours, educational talks and programmes, and provides associated services to visitors, which advances education for the public regarding the historical and political context of the conflict in Ireland.

We also organise discussions with former political prisoners, members of the republican community, and former members of the British forces who served in Ireland. These discussions allow visitors to take part in unique interaction with primary sources of history – those who were active during our recent conflict.

We have also developed a number of joint tourist initiatives with delivery partners from the tourism sector, including private sector tour operators, Crumlin Road Gaol, Derry Blue Badge Tour Guides and Áras Úi Chonghaile.

Political Ex-prisoners Tour Guides

Coiste guides are Republican ex-prisoners and members of the republican community whose narrative comes from their experience of our recent history, political activism and political imprisonment. Our story is the story of our communities and their struggles.

Community Project

Coiste is at the heart of our community and our guides are advocates for that community. During our tours we promote and engage with our cultural centres, pubs, clubs, restaurants and museums – ensuring you know what they have to offer and how they enhance your visitor experience.


Coiste tours provide tours in Irish, French, Spanish and Italian. As we live in a multi-cultural world we think in a multi-cultural context. Contact our staff to enquire about availability.

Experience Irish history

Hear from former political prisoners and former members of the British forces who served in Ireland. These discussions allow visitors to take part in unique interactions with primary sources of history.

While we like to leave our visitors speechless, here’s what some have had to say about our tours

Tour of Falls Road and Milltown Cemetery, our guide was informative and his knowledge was amazing. Having been involved as a IRA Volunteer his passion and stories about the murals etc was great giving a insight into the Republican mindset and the story behind the murals. Forget the taxi & bus tours do this tour you will learn so much about the struggle for Irish freedom.
An outstanding tour. Showing the deep divides between each side of West Belfast. We really enjoyed the speakers. Both Robert McC and Mark gave some amazing personal stories. Fantastic effort to give us a deep understanding. Robert showed amazing belief in a new society and answered questions brilliantly.
I did the Murals walking tour with a friend. Absolutely amazing experience. Joe, our guide, gave us an incredible insight into the Troubles and the area. Best tour I have ever been on. Highly recommend to anyone with to learn about the Troubles.

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