Discover 40 years of music history on a tour of Dublin’s world-famous recording studios!
The iconic building and its recording studios are now open for exclusive tours to the public. The first of its kind in Ireland, the tour presents visitors with an unprecedented opportunity to understand the creation and production of some of the most iconic albums and songs of the past 40 years.
Let us guide you through the amazing history of these world-famous studios and the artists that have recorded here including:
Kate Bush | Elvis Costello | The Cranberries | Depeche Mode | Glen Hansard | Hozier | Lady Gaga | Norah Jones | Metallica | New Order | Sinead O’Connor | Ed Sheeran | Snow Patrol | The Spice Girls | The Rolling Stones | Rod Stewart | & the band most synonymous with the studio – U2
During the highly informative, intimate and exciting 1 hour tour you will experience the following:
Explore the studios
Discover its unique history & the artists who have recorded here
See how a recording session works
Meet the virtual band
Encounter Cosmo, our resident ghost
“Thank you so much Windmill Lane Studios! The tour was amazing and I even learned so much about the recording process”
Sheila Brennan, NewYork, USA
Windmill Lane Recording Studios is a historic and protected three-storey building. As such, there is no lift facilities and limited access for those with impaired mobility.
* Please note, Windmill Lane Recording Studios is not a walk-in visitor centre or museum. It is a busy, working recording studio where client privacy is paramount. Please book in advance online in order to avoid disappointment.
Windmill Lane Recording Studios™ is situated at
20 Ringsend Road Dublin 4 in the Docklands area of Dublin.
Eircode D04 CF66
Walk: 20 minutes from Trinity College via Pearse Street
Dart: The Grand Canal Dock station is located on Barrow Street which is just around the corner.
Dublin Bus: Routes servicing the studios are 1, 15a, 15b, 47, 56a and 77a.
Luas: (Spencer Dock Station Red Line) is a 20-minute walk across the Liffey.
20 Ringsend Road,
“If you love music, there’s plenty of great material that was recorded here. It’s one of the great historical recording studios in the world.”
Bob Lee, Google Review
A Brief History
Brian Masterson & James Morris opened the doors of Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin in 1978. The original studio buildings were famously covered in graffiti by U2 fans that visited from all over the world.
In 1990 the Studios relocated to its current home in the Dublin Docklands. This Art Deco building was originally a power station for the old Dublin tram network but was re-developed to house three different sized recording studios. Artists such as Kylie Minogue, Ann-Marie, Ed Sheeran and Westlife have all recorded here in recent years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Is A Tour Of The Studios?
Our guided tour lasts 50 minutes to an hour.
Can I Walk In Off The Street?
No, a recording session might be happening in the studios on that date. Always book online and check our calendar first.
Is There Any Age Restriction?
Yes there is an age restriction. No child under the age of 5 children can attend the Visitor Experience. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Are The Studios Wheelchairs Accessible?
Windmill Lane Recording Studios is a historic and protected three-storey building. As such, there is presently limited access/no lift facilities for those with impaired mobility but we’re working on it.
Is There Somewhere To Eat?
The studios don’t have their kitchens open to the public but we are very centrally located with convenience stores and cafes/restaurants very close by.
Is There A Car Park?
Not on-site but there is on street metered parking and public car parks nearby.
Who Will Enjoy The Tour?
Everyone who enjoys music.