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Las Ventas Bullring Entrance Ticket and Bullfighting Museum of Madrid Audio Tour

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    What to Expect
    Take an insider's tour of Madrid's most famous bullfighting venue, Las Ventas Bullring, during this 45-minute audio-guided tour. This self-guided experience offers the perfect opportunity explore this unique facility at your leisure, learning about the history and traditions behind this controversial sport and key aspect of Spanish culture.

    Start your visit to Las Ventas any time during the building's opening hours of 10am to 5:15pm, presenting your already-purchased ticket and picking up your optional audio guide. The audio narration lasts for a total 45 minutes, but feel free to explore the building at your leisure. Learn about the fascinating history of this contentious sport and one of its most important stadiums. In the past, many Spanish nobles fought bulls while mounted on horseback, though this practice was outlawed by King Felipe V in the 18th century. This however did not end the tradition, as men took to the ground to continue engaging in the practice of bullfighting, creating the typical Corrida de toros (classic bullfighting style) events that remain popular with Spaniards and persist to this day.

    Take time to investigate the key sites in this elaborate stadium, including the beautiful architecture of its main entrance, before continuing to the tendidos (levels of seating) where you can explore the stands where visitors watch the fights. Check out the alleyway that surrounds the main ring, which is typically used by matadors to escape from enraged bulls. Then stop to view the stadium's principal gates, including the Door of Madrid, famous as the exit used by victorious matadors.

    Make sure to spend some time admiring the architecture of Las Ventas. This brick façade building, first constructed in 1931 by Spanish designer José Espeliú, is considered an excellent example of Neo-Moorish style. Look for the beautiful ceramic tiles lining the stadium's walls and keep your eyes peeled for the glazed plaques that display the emblems of the various Spanish provinces.

    Continue on to the Bullfighting Museum of Madrid at your own pace and see works such as engravings from the tauromachy of Goya, bullfighters dresses from the twentieth century, a section devoted exclusively to Manolete and a large testimonial sample of the birth of the historic Las Ventas bullring.

    Continue your visit as long as you like and feel free to purchase food or drinks at the on-site café if you'd like some refreshments.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Las Ventas Bullring, central Madrid
    Departure Time
    Opening hours:
    10am to 6pm
    Bullfight days (*): 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    (*) Every Sunday from March to October, San Isidro Fair (from 1st May to 8th June) and Autumn Fair (2, 3, 4, 5, 12 Oct).
    Return Details
    Concludes at original departure point
    • Entrance to Las Ventas Tour + Audio guide
    • Virtual bullfighting
    • San Isidro Fair Virtual Reality 360º
    • Entrance to Bullfighting Museum of Madrid + Audio guide
    • Entry/Admission - Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas
    • Entry/Admission - Bullfighting Museum
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Tour doesn't operate on days of bullfighting
    • On the day of San Isidro Fair, the tour finishes at 2pm
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 14 July 2019 via mobile

    Loved this tour of Las Ventas and I would have given it a 5/5 if it wasn’t for the audio part of it, most of it was ok, but some parts a bit monotonous. Overall, we got to see the bull ring, some stuffed bulls,...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank alexpartida1981
    Reviewed 11 July 2019 via mobile

    Great tour! Great history and background of bullfighting. Fun parts include virtual reality bullfight and stepping into the actual arena! Absolutely loved it and so did my family.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Joe U
    Reviewed 6 July 2019

    Inside the stadium, you will learn of history of Las Ventas, see the impressive architecture, visit the stands and gate from which the bulls emerge, see the infirmary, and the chapel where bullfighters worship before their fight. There is also a free virtual reality game...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank ttaylor2u2
    Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

    While I am strongly against the practice of bullfighting I appreciated the rituals and rules that are in place for this ‘sport’ The bullring is an impressive building and a lot of information is given via the headset. Walking out into the the centre of...More

    7  Thank GaryHodgson
    Reviewed 10 April 2018

    When in Madrid, do as the Madrilenos! Their love for Bullfighting is palpable, even in an empty plaza. This is a must see.

    Date of experience: March 2018
    7  Thank Guzmanes
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    Liza L
    3 June 2019|
    Response from Lisa P |
    I went to the companies website and purchased tickets there. It was a little pricey but that’s alright
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