Windmill Lane Recording Studios

Windmill Lane Recording Studios

Windmill Lane Recording Studios
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Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Discover 40 years of music history on a tour of Dublin’s world-famous Windmill Lane Recording Studios. Let us guide you through the studios and the artists that have recorded here, including U2, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Hozier, Niall Horan, Lewis Capaldi and so many more. The Studio Tour is an unprecedented opportunity to step beyond the studios famous metal doors and receive an exclusive, immersive and highly memorable experience. Please note, Windmill Lane Recording Studios is a working recording studio so advanced booking is essential.
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  • Storyteller258455
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    A must experience for music lovers. You will learn more about the genius sound engineers behind the great bands and musicians. You will get to see and play with multiple recording consoles. I highly recommend it specially for those gray/rainy days
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 20, 2023
  • derek b
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    RIGHT…up my Lane!!
    Enjoyed a superb tour of the Windmill Lane Recording Studios recently, and could not recommend it highly enough! From the warm welcome at reception, through to the effervescent guide Maria, it proved both informative and entertaining overall. The history of the building permeates the walls and the sensory feel to the experience, enhances your tour throughout. Maria’s knowledge, enthusiasm and personality need to be witnessed first hand, as she expertly navigates us through what makes Windmill wonderful! Go raibh mile maith agat!!🙏 Ps….watch out for Cosmo!!! 👻
    Fáilte romhat! Thank you for your review. We pride ourselves on our tour here at the studio, so glad you enjoyed your experience! Maria's knowledge and energy are unmatched! Thank you for taking the time to visit, its always a pleasure.
    Written November 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 6, 2023
  • PeetKes
    Schipluiden, The Netherlands11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit when in Dublin
    On the last day of our Dublin city trip we went to the Windmill Studios for a tour. This was an excellent choice! The tour was supposed to last 60 minutes but it was so interesting it ran over for more than 40 minutes. Our guide was very entertaining and we could relate to his stories on the early days as U2 was one of our favorites in those days. Afterwards we went for drinks and food just across the bridge.
    Thank you for your review! We really appreciate it; it's brilliant to get feedback from our visitors. So glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us here at Windmill Lane. We pride ourselves on ensuring visitors get a thorough insight into how a recording studio operates, in addition to sharing stories of the many great artists who have recorded here over the years- U2 included of course! Glad you got to experience some of the delights Grand Canal has to offer following your visit- we're fortunate to be located so close by! Thanks for visiting!
    Written November 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Mrmjfox
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic and alternative place to visit
    Had a great time. I was looking for an alternative thing to do while my family were here visiting from London. Met my expectations and much more. Took down a music memory land and learned a heap about sound production. Maeve, our tour guide, was both interested in ensuring we had a great experience and funny to boot. Loved the way it was an interactive experience from beginning to end. Both nostalgic and contemporary in its history current impact for musicians and the industry.
    Aw thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. We do our best to strike a balance between the historical and more technical aspects of what we do here at Windmill Lane, great to hear it comes across. And glad we lived up to expectation! It was a pleasure having you and your family on the tour, its the visitors (and willing volunteers for the demonstrations!) that make the tour shine.
    Written December 9, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 3, 2023
  • contactjules
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dublin Rocks!
    Mind blowing to be in the same studios where such musical legends have gone before and created some of the most iconic albums of all time. Even more awesome to be hands-on the desk. Massive thanks to Meabh for being so engaging, knowledgeable and generally fab! I just want to go back. Wow.
    Aw so glad to hear you enjoyed the tour! It really is an amazing place, its such a joy to get to share it and all its history with visitors on the tour. Thank you for taking the time to write a review, its great to get feedback from visitors, we really do appreciate it. You'll have to come back and do the tour again!
    Written January 1, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 31, 2023
  • Nomisreltub
    Bath, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great!
    This was a thoroughly enjoyable tour, the staff were very friendly. Maeve was very knowledgeable, good fun and clearly loved being part of it all. It was great that two of our party could have a go on a digital mixing desk, we could sit by the iconic analogue and the presentation at the end was intriguing. To top it off, the tip from Louis of a visit to The Cobblestones in the evening for top quality live music was spot on. Thank you.
    Ah so glad you enjoyed your experience with us here at the studio and that our recommendations worked out! You guys were a pleasure to have on the tour. Thank you for taking the time to leave us some feedback and for penning such a lovely review.
    Written April 1, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2024
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PeetKes
Schipluiden, The Netherlands11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
On the last day of our Dublin city trip we went to the Windmill Studios for a tour. This was an excellent choice! The tour was supposed to last 60 minutes but it was so interesting it ran over for more than 40 minutes. Our guide was very entertaining and we could relate to his stories on the early days as U2 was one of our favorites in those days.
Afterwards we went for drinks and food just across the bridge.
Written October 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your review! We really appreciate it; it's brilliant to get feedback from our visitors. So glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us here at Windmill Lane. We pride ourselves on ensuring visitors get a thorough insight into how a recording studio operates, in addition to sharing stories of the many great artists who have recorded here over the years- U2 included of course! Glad you got to experience some of the delights Grand Canal has to offer following your visit- we're fortunate to be located so close by! Thanks for visiting!
Written November 4, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Storyteller258455
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
A must experience for music lovers. You will learn more about the genius sound engineers behind the great bands and musicians. You will get to see and play with multiple recording consoles. I highly recommend it specially for those gray/rainy days
Written September 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mrmjfox
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Had a great time. I was looking for an alternative thing to do while my family were here visiting from London. Met my expectations and much more. Took down a music memory land and learned a heap about sound production. Maeve, our tour guide, was both interested in ensuring we had a great experience and funny to boot. Loved the way it was an interactive experience from beginning to end. Both nostalgic and contemporary in its history current impact for musicians and the industry.
Written December 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Aw thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. We do our best to strike a balance between the historical and more technical aspects of what we do here at Windmill Lane, great to hear it comes across. And glad we lived up to expectation! It was a pleasure having you and your family on the tour, its the visitors (and willing volunteers for the demonstrations!) that make the tour shine.
Written December 9, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sarah H
Athens, Alabama, United States14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I am so late giving this review, but I had such an excellent experience I had to share my thoughts. I took the tour on St. Patrick's Day and ended up being the only person on the tour (I am attributing this to the fact that others were probably in the pubs or at the St. Patrick's Day festival). My tour guide was very knowledgeable, kind, and went out of her way to make sure I had a good time. Being in such a legendary recording studio and getting a one-on-one tour was such a memorable experience. Perfect tour for a music nerd like myself. Everyone at Windmill is so friendly and professional. Could not recommend enough.
Written May 23, 2022
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Thanks Sarah for your 5-star review. Everyone else must have been at the parade! I'll pass on your compliment to your guide Maria. Kind regards,
Written June 1, 2022
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Barbara J
Austin TX, United States7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Recording and mixing albums, movies, commercials, etc. is really interesting. The tour uses a guide (we loved Maria), video, headphones, and even some participant use of a mixing board. Oh, and stories of famous people too.
Written May 24, 2022
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Thank you for your 5-star review. I'll pass on your compliment to Maria. Kind regards,
Written June 1, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

LydiAnd1
Andorra la Vella, Andorra2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
It was an amazing tour! Aidan has guided us during the studio tour. He has a deep knowledge about mixing music and music technology. Also he explained us some interesting experiences with the most famous artists who registered there like U2, Lady Gaga, Ed Sherran, Deep Purple, Rolling Stones, etc. He was very kind with us and dedicated much more time to the tour than expectef. A different view if you love music.
Written March 15, 2023
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Thank you for the 5-star review! I'll be sure to pass your kind words on to Aidan! Kind regards, Stephen
Written March 18, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

DwarfDopey
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
We, a group of 7 musicfanatics from Holland, had a fantastic experience visiting the Windmill Lane Recording Studios. Guided by (the very famous) Maria we were introduced to the recording process and learned about the history of the studios. We certainly recommend visiting the studios!
Written November 21, 2022
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Many thanks for the 5-star review! I'll be sure to pass your kind words on to Maria. Kind regards, Stephen
Written December 4, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

contactjules
Cheltenham, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Mind blowing to be in the same studios where such musical legends have gone before and created some of the most iconic albums of all time. Even more awesome to be hands-on the desk.
Massive thanks to Meabh for being so engaging, knowledgeable and generally fab! I just want to go back. Wow.
Written December 31, 2023
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Aw so glad to hear you enjoyed the tour! It really is an amazing place, its such a joy to get to share it and all its history with visitors on the tour. Thank you for taking the time to write a review, its great to get feedback from visitors, we really do appreciate it. You'll have to come back and do the tour again!
Written January 1, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Eamonn D
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Fantastic tour and couldn’t recommend highly enough. Staff were very friendly and looked after everybody with tsocial distancing and safety while still maintaining a fun experience.

If you want to stand in the place where hundreds of top world musicians created classic albums, this it the place. You even get the opportunity to mix a virtual band in Studio 2 and maybe a chance to play the same piano that David Bowie, Van Morrison and Herbie Hancock (and many more) got to play in Studio 3.

Highlight for me was the crew playing happy birthday to me on the piano.

The Binaural headphone experience is top class!
Written September 3, 2020
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Dear Eamon, We hope you had a wonderful Birthday enjoying our Visitor Experience! It's great to hear our Visitors feel comfortable with our covid compliance policies in place to ensure the highest standards of safety. Thank you for your feedback! Kind Regards, Joanna
Written September 4, 2020
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Karen H
Rochfortbridge, Ireland55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Loved this. Had to cancel a couple of times due to COVID but it was well worth the wait. The tour guide Stephen was very knowledgeable and made the experience very interesting. It was great to walk in the steps of some of music's legends and it was great to feel the interactive elements. We got on-street paid parking right outside the venue.
Written November 21, 2022
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Thank you for the 5-star review! It was a real pleasure having you on the tour! Kind regards, Stephen
Written December 4, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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