Las Ventas Bullring

Price guide: Budget

Calle Alcala 237, Madrid, 28028

Price guide: Budget

Las Ventas Bullring
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expert-rated things to do in Madrid
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Education, History

Expert review of Las Ventas Bullring

Don't fancy seeing a bullfight? You can just visit the bullring if you like.

Only the bullring in Mexico City is bigger than Las Ventas, which holds 24,000 spectators. The neo-Mudejar red-brick building was designed by Jose Espeliu and opened in 1934. The tiled decoration features the coats of arms of all the provinces in Spain.
The museum is a great way to get an idea of what bullfighting is all about, and contains engravings by Goya and portraits of famous matadors, with information in English about their careers. Also on display is the bloodstained suit of lights worn by Manolete, who was killed by a bull in 1947.On the tour of the bullring, given in English and Spanish, you walk out into the arena and see where the horses and bulls are kept. You see the little chapel where the matadors pray before going into the ring and the surgery, complete with two operating theatres, for when it all goes wrong.

Price advice: 

Museum: 3 euros. Tour: adults 7 euros, children 5 euros (4-12 years).

Expert tips: 
The museum is free on Sundays.

More information on Las Ventas Bullring:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Landmark / monument, Museum, Tour
Address:
Calle Alcala 237, Madrid, 28028
Telephone:
91 356 2200
Website:
http://www.las-ventas.com
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Museum: March-Oct Mon-Fri 9.30am-2.15pm, Sun & holidays 10am-12.45pm. Nov-Feb Mon-Fri 9.30am-2.15pm. Tours: Tue-Sat 10.30am-1.30pm. Bullfights: Sundays from March to October & daily during San Isidro Festival in May.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor
Free tags / Keywords:
Bullfighting, History

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