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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 6 days ago

This is meant to be a reconstruction of the home Captain James Cook's parent lived in when they were in the UK. It was bought and dismantled and brought to Australia.. They have a full explanation and history of his journeys on the walls. The...More

Thank danae363
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in Wellington Parade, Fitzroy Gardens it is a pop[ular Melbourne tourist attraction. It originated in Yorkshire England and was built by the parents of the famous Navigator and explorer Capt. James Cook. The cottage was deconstructed brick by brick and shipped in cases and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This attraction requires an entry fee and while you can take a photo of the Cabin without paying, the fee is well worth it for the chance to see a glimpse of this remarkable man. There are interactive maps of his explorations, a good video...More

Thank Elliot S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the highlight of my trip to Melbourne from a sightseeing perspective. It is quite an informative experience in regards to living in the 1700s in rural England with a great linkage to Cook. You can dress up if you want for pics but...More

Thank John V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is an entry fee to the Cottage but when in Melbourne, check it out as it is interesting. The gardens surrounding it are large and extensive, free to roam and worth a half a day of wandering around. Accessible by foot from city or...More

Thank Cassie T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really strange to visit this cottage which in effect has been transported to Australia relatively recently from Yorkhire who evidently didn't want it. It stands out as rather incongrous it it's parkland setting. People in period costume are available to shepherd you round but the...More

Thank Bob T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located within Fitzroy Gardens, Cook's Cottage is a Melbourne icon. It was built in England in 1765 and brought to Melbourne in 1934 and is the oldest building in Australia. Inside are antiques and volunteers are dressed in 18th century costumes. They give you the...More

Thank miznovember
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cooks' cottage is a cozy place in the Fitzroy garden that has a person dressed in the vintage Captain cook's robes who would provide you a quick tour of the place and the historical significance of it. Other than that the garden is a...More

Thank TraveFreak
Reviewed 7 November 2017

these gardens are very beautiful and very well maintained. enough open spaces so you are not on top of other visitors. highly recommend for picnics

Thank shauntravers
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

The cottage is pretty but it needs to be explained upfront that it has been transported from Yorkshire! Our experience was made worse by the guides only speaking broken English and not understanding where Yorkshire is. Having said that the audio in the cottage was...More

Thank DennisWK
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