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Cooks' Cottage

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Address: Fitzroy Gardens | Wellington Parade, Melbourne, Victoria 3002, Australia
Phone Number: 61396589658
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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A visit to the historic landmark Cooks' Cottage, situated in the beautiful...

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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Great historical spot

Captain Cooks cottage was transported to Melbourne from England. Built in 1755 by his parents, it is the oldest building in Australia, and was originally located in Yorkshire... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's not worth to pay to get get inside. A very small cottage.Very touristy, nothing unique except for fact that is's shipped brick by brick from the UK. Just take pictures outside.

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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Captain Cooks cottage was transported to Melbourne from England. Built in 1755 by his parents, it is the oldest building in Australia, and was originally located in Yorkshire. When part of the original cottage went up for sale in 1934, Sir Russell Grimwade purchased it, had the bricks numbered individually then had it shipped to Australia. The cottage houses some... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is small, but it is a genuine English Cottage built in 1755 by Captain Cook's parents. The staff are lovely and very willing to talk about the cottage. This time of year it is decorated for Christmas and reflects how it may have been decorated in the late 1700's. There is even a piece written by one of the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit. There is an entrance fee, but it is quite reasonable. Plenty of information and attended by costumed attendants who are very knowledgeable and happy to talk about the cottage and it's relocation. Beautiful setting in a lovely gardens and in the park.

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Ahmedabad, India
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to garden as part of our tour. This cottage is situated in the garden. They have couple dressed in period costume to attract tourist to pay for tickets. The cottage is not worth seeing and costumes which are given for photography is also not up to mark. Overall not worth a visit.

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Haddenham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was a bit surprized this was actually his family home shipped out from the UK. Probably interesting if you're not from the UK and see quaint old buildings all the time.

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Thank Chris S
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Capt. Cook sailed everywhere and his ability to navigate was legendary. This cottage helps one understand Cook's accomplishments and also shows how the middle-class lived in England in the late 1700s. It's worth a visit.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely place to visit on a spring day. The gardens are very pretty and fragrant, and great photo opportunities.

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This old house claimed to be Captain Cook's was transplanted into the Fitzroy Gardens and worth a visit although there is not a lot there. The people in attendance in their costumes is interesting although the gardens themselves are more interesting and worth walking through.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house has been transported brick by brick from England. It's well worth a look. We were a big party so we were shown round and had the history of the building explained to us.

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