4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

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  • Location:Madrid, Spain
  • Duration:45 minutes (approx.)

Las Ventas Bullring Entrance Ticket and Audio Tour

Get inside Madrid's most famous bullfighting stadium, Las Ventas Bullring, with this 45-minute audio-guided tour. Learn about the traditions and culture of bullfighting as you see key stadium sites including the network of alleyways lining the main ring and the stands where audiences yell and cheer. Stop by the Door of Madrid (Puerte Grande), where winning bullfighters make their celebratory departure, and get a chance to admire the intricate architecture of this elaborately-designed stadium. Your Madrid bullring tour includes the entrance fee and audio guide.

Highlights

  • Entrance ticket to Las Ventas Bullring in Madrid
  • Explore key sites inside the stadium like the callejon, an alleyway behind the ring
  • Stop for photos by the Door of Madrid, the exit for victorious bullfighters
  • Admire the building’s architecture with its Neo-Moorish façade
  • Hear about the history of bullfighting in Spain from an audio guide

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What You Can Expect

Las Ventas Bullring Entrance Ticket and Audio Tour

Las Ventas Bullring in Madrid

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 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.

Customer Reviews

NEYDA H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was amazing!

Emile B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

It is my first time to be inside...interesting...

Brian S United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Amazing place to visit, audio tour helped with understanding it all

Rachel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Such an interesting place! The architecture of Las Ventas bullring is incredible, and the audio guide is very informative. Would definitely recommend for those looking for a glimpse at an important part of Spanish culture.

Olivia W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This was a very affordable Go at your own pace tour. You receive a phone that directs you to each station where you learn all about the history of the Las Ventas Bullring. Definitely interesting and a great part of spanish culture to experience. Wouldn't recommend for children.

seraphin2003

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

The Bullring was breathtaking. The staff was very nice. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is they wouldn't let us go into the bullring. They don't let people in if it's the day of the fight. Just an FYI dont go the day of a fight if you want to go in the ring.

Les S

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

A good tour if you aren't familiar with how a Bullfight works. You are given a handheld machine in your given language that explains the working of a Bullfight and the behind the scenes preparations.
If this is your 1st time and you wish to see a Bullfight I would highly recommend this tour .

Franco Canada

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

This tour was good but was only available by the Hop-on Hop-off bus via the extended route which was only available twice a day which was limiting.

Victoria P

1 star rating: I do not recommend this February 2015

It is not worth it. Going from numbered site to numbered site was not clearly marked and difficult to follow. The place was cold and dirty. The center bullring was completely obstructed by a blow-up bubble structure erected for a pop concert. I highly recommend not taking this tour.

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