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Centro Cultural Casa de Vacas

Attractions

This exhibition space in the Retiro, close to the boating lake, is run by the local council and offers shows on a variety of subjects, ranging from...

Parque del Retiro
Free

Fundación Juan March

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

This cultural foundation, set up by the wealthy financier Juan March in 1955, is one of the most important in Europe. Each year, a couple of major...

C/Castelló 77
Free

Gorongoro

Attractions

This well-equipped play centre is close to the Retiro and the Goya shopping area.

Avda de Felipe II 34

La Casa Encendida

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

This exciting new multidisciplinary centre in a large neo-Mudéjar building was conceived as a space for cultural interchange. Spread over four floors, the...

Ronda de Valencia 2
Free

La Residencia de Estudiantes

Attractions, Museums

From its foundation in 1910 until the war in 1936, The Residencia de Estudiantes was the most vibrant cultural centre in Madrid, and a powerful innovative...

C/Pinar 21-23
Free

Observatorio Astronómico

Attractions, Museums

One of Charles III's scientific institutions, the Observatorio was completed after his death in 1790. Beautifully proportioned, it is Madrid's finest...

C/Alfonso XII 3
Free

Palacio de Hielo

Attractions, Sport, health & fitness

The Ice Palace is a huge leisure complex dominated by a 1,800-square-metre ice rink. With a curling and skating school, a 24-lane bowling alley and a...

C/Silvano 77

Planetario de Madrid

Attractions

Close to the IMAX, the Planetarium has seasonal exhibitions on the solar system as well as 45- minute shows. Like the IMAX, the narration here is only in...

Parque Tierno Galván

Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas

Attractions

More than 22,000 spectators can catch a bullfight in this, Spain's largest arena, completed in 1929. Like most early 20th-century bullrings, it is in...

C/Alcalá 237
Major venue

Real Fábrica de Tapices

Attractions, Museums

Goya created some of his freshest images as designs for Madrid's royal tapestry factory, founded in 1721. Originally it was in Chueca, but has been here...

C/Fuenterrabía 2

Teatro Fernán Gómez centro de arte

Attractions

Behind the deafening but refreshing water cascade in Plaza Colón, below the Columbus monument, is the city council's only purpose-built cultural centre. On...

Jardines del Descubrimiento
Free

Teleférico de Madrid

Critics' choice
Attractions

An extraordinary 2.5km (1.5-mile) trip over the Casa de Campo and Parque del Oeste in a cable car. The views of the Palacio Real, Río Manzanares, city...

Paseo del Pintor Rosales