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Cooks' Cottage

Fitzroy Gardens | Wellington Parade, Melbourne, Victoria 3002, Australia
+61 3 9658 9658
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A visit to the historic landmark Cooks' Cottage, situated in the beautiful heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens, is a must when exploring Melbourne. Built in 1755, Cooks' Cottage is the oldest building in Australia and a popular Melbourne tourist attraction. Originally located in Yorkshire, England, and built by the parents of Captain James Cook, the cottage was brought to Melbourne by Sir Russell Grimwade in 1934. Astonishingly, each brick was individually numbered, packed into barrels and then shipped to Australia. Combining modern interpretations of Captain Cook's adventures, centuries-old antiques, a delightful English cottage garden and volunteers dressed in 18th century costumes, Cooks' Cottage is a fascinating step back in time. Entry to the cottage includes a comprehensive fact sheet for a self-guided tour. Available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese, German, French and Korean. School tours and group visits/tours are available. Seasonal school holiday programs and special events are also held throughout the year. Tickets and souvenirs can be purchased from the Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre, just 100 metres away.
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Fitzroy Gardens | Wellington Parade, Melbourne, Victoria 3002, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It's just so nice to see a place of a man who's so great in Melbourne. He bought with him the materials from his house in UK and built it in this city. So simple but full of memories

Thank Yam V
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It was great to see a part of history. A unique look at life long ago. Well worth a visit in a quiet setting in Melbourne.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Do small but then again, those were the living arrangements for many people. Worth a visit, whilst you are in the gardens.

Thank Mary P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A highlight of the Fitzroy Garden is Cooks Cottage which was probably his parent's home back in England which was transplanted here. Quite a small cottage on two levels, you need to buy a ticket from the nearby Tourist office (with cafe). The ladies who...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visitors can see examples of 18th century living in this cottage that belonged to Capt. James Cook’s family and where Cook himself probably visited when on leave in England. The cottage was transported in the 1930’s to Melbourne and its Fitzroy Gardens. It has a...More

Thank Bonnie D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The visit to Cook's cottage is well worth the cost and time. It is a well presented historical experience close to the centre of the CBD and takes you to the opportunity to walk through the gorgeous gardens in the area

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A marvellous piece of English history transported into Australia. Lots of fun to get dressed up in historical costumes and pose with the great navigator himself, and the herb garden is delightful. Wonderfully set in the Fitzroy gardens.

Thank Liam C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Of course Cook was one of the great Navigators of all time. This is probably more his parents house than his but its been moved here and reconstructed. Worth seeing!

Thank Mark G
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

In England, you can see cottages like this all over the place. However, it is nice to see them as they would have been all those years ago. Strictly speaking not Cooks cottage but where he would have stayed once in a while. Very impressive...More

Thank Matt J
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

This is a small authentic English cottage rebuilt in Melbourne and is where Cook lived as a boy. Some artefacts date back to his time in the cottage and to his trips around the world. Most interesting was the period map illustrating his voyages. Cheap...More

Thank Ken L
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