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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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This attraction has a locked gate where you have to pay the entrance fee to see what inside the cottage. I saw some staffs wearing 18th century costumes inside the gate. And I saw from outside they provided the costumes also for renting to all...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The cottage is well preserved and a perfect spot for taking pictures. There are some actors dressed in clothes from an era gone by.

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Transported brick by brick by Captain James Cook's parents and rebuilt in 1755 and makes this the oldest building in Australia. Although Cook never lived here, he probably was a visitor and the cottage is worth a visit to see the period features. Tokens can...More

Thank Swisshen
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

An important part of Australian History in the parklands next to Melbourne city. Great place for the kids to visit and learn about early Australia.

Thank Steve D
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The change of management has made quite a difference to this popular place. A token admission charge includes entry to an old, well kept and atmospheric cottage with good herb gardens and a lovely, parkland setting. Be sure to get dressed up upon arrival in...More

Thank Travler104
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Although Captain Cook never lived in the cottage it is typical of the type of building that he would have been familiar with, it’s has lots of information about the man and his voyages, set in pleasant parklands with lots of areas for walking it...More

Thank lydgatela
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

The original cottage was built by Captain Cook’s parents in 1755 in the town of Great Ayrton, Yorkshire. At this point in time Captain Cook was in the merchant navy and the same year, 1755, volunteered for service in the Royal Navy so it is...More

Thank westy54
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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

No doubt it is a lovely little cottage brought stone by stone from Yorkshire and it is where Captain Cook lived when at home there. It is very small as they were on those times, but the people who look after it have done a...More

Thank Simon M
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