Dublin

U2 Landmarks

Arguably Dublin’s most famous export since Guinness, U2 are nothing short of iconic. Naturally, the city has more than a few landmarks with historical U2 significance, and here's our pick of the unmissible and - dare we say - unforgettable for all you pop and rock pilgrims. (And, if you’re asking, we recommend Achtung Baby as their best album!).

1. East Link Bridge, Grand Canal Docks and U2 Tower
You might recognise some of these places from U2 album photography, especially October and their first greatest hits album. Across from the ‘Grand Canal Docks’ sign is the building site for U2 Tower. Designed by Norman Foster, the $200m eco-friendly skyscraper will include a hotel, viewing platform and apartments - and will be topped by a pod-style recording studio. When completed in 2011, it will be Ireland's tallest building . To get there, simply turn left at O’Connell Bridge on the Northside with your back to O’Connell St and walk about 20min.

2. The Point Depot Theatre

Recently renovated, this is one of Ireland’s most famous live venues and hs a capicity of 8000. It has played host to everyone from Nina Simone to Oasis, and on a number of occasions, Bono and the boys. U2 played their Christmas/New Year's Eve concerts there in 1989/1990, and it also appears in the film Rattle and Hum. Find it in the same area as the landmarks above.

3. The Clarence Hotel
Now we’re talking! This hotel belongs to Bono and The Edge and is home to a rather pretty cool bar. Sadly, the nightclub in the basement, The Kitchen, is no more - but in its day was one of the best clubs in Dublin. The hotel itself is very nice, and very expensive. There's a (we admit, slim) chance you’ll bump into one of the lads here. Also, your inner stalker might be interested to hear that this is the place where celebs often stay or do press when they’re in town. Its entrance is both in Temple Bar (just off Parliament St) or on Wellington Quay (near the Millennium Bridge).

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15.11.2012
Dave Griffith
Ireland, Dublin
good - one minor amendment - STS Studios - Claddagh Records was always there even before STS closed in 1999 - STS occupied the floors above Claddagh Records