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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 4 days ago

Cooks cottage is a quaint house full of interesting facts. You can dress up if you want to and have some photos ( free so take camaras

Thank Twizzlet
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Unfortunately this cottage was closed by the time we reached it in the early evening. It is a hidden gem and a photographers dream. Amazingly it was transported from England and dates back to 1755. Worth a look.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

When I lived in Melbourne for a few months, I sometimes heard this building referred to as Captain Cook's Cottage, so I wrongly assumed that it had belonged to the great navigator. On my most recent visit to the city, I made my first visit...More

Thank Rumples
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Transported over from Yorkshire England this lovely cottage is now in a beautiful settings in these lovely gartens

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you to the amazing volunteers and staff. We thoroughly loved taking our photo with the authentic clothes and finding the goat. Our children and we had a lovely time.

Thank JoyRogers
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cook's cottage is within Fitzroy Park. Local volunteers dress in period costume and although the cottage is obviously small, it is full of interest. Rosemary, one of the volunteers was very informative.

Thank Malcolm T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The cottage was very quaint and had a lot of history. There was a couple dressed in the olden times making it authentic.Statue of Captain Cook is also there

Thank Cheers142
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is fascinating to see this faithfully transported and reconstructed house (even if it was actually his parents' dwelling). It serves as an accurate picture of life in eighteenth century England. The garden was well maintained. Unfortunately we were unable to watch the entire three...More

Thank KBofLB
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely peice of our history that is very quaint. Great volunteers to help explain al about it and offer dress up clothes of the time period. All set in a very lovely garden.

Thank Cheryl J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went in in the middle of Winter and it was still overflowing with tourists taking selfies from every angle of the house and garden and a queue of visitors trying to get in. The park around it is beautiful though and there's a stunning...More

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