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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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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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Small but interesting attraction

Although the house itself is relatively small, there is a lot of historical information in the outhouse about Cook's life, ventures and exploring. For someone who did not know too... read more

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

it's a house of James Cook's parents.It's shipped from England back then.And built again fitzroy garden.So it's very old.Need to visit it when you visit Fitzroy Garden.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Although the house itself is relatively small, there is a lot of historical information in the outhouse about Cook's life, ventures and exploring. For someone who did not know too much about him, I came away feeling inspired to look into it more as it was very interesting. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and always approachable. The house is... More 

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Elgin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Situated in Fitzroy park next to our hotel, this was a great wee place to visit. It's amazing that this was dismantled in England, transported across and rebuilt in Melbourne. It's just as it was in the days when Mrs Cook would have lived there with her children. Well worth a visit !

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Informative, enjoyable walk around the cottage , and gardens. Don't miss it Cooks Dads Cottage brought from England in the 1930's for 500 pounds.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It still fascinates me that this entire building was moved all the way from the UK, to Melbourne and now sits in the middle of a park. It’s a really interesting building to visit. Obviously it isn’t huge so don’t expect to spend anything more than 1 hour here, which is why I found the cost a little steep. However... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a fantastic place to see history in action and see where the father of modern Australia spent some of his life before going off on his worldly sdventures. This is a must do for any history buff and anyone interested in keeping history alive. This was our third visit. Here's to you Captain Cook.

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Once could easily assume the cottage is tenuously related to Captain James Cook. Yes, his parents built the house but there is no evidence he lived there or even visited it. I have lunch in the gardens regularly and watch visitors to the cottage. The majority of the visitors are underwhelmed and rather wander off and visit the flowers in... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great place to go back into Australian History! The oldest house in Australia! Carefully managed, plenty of the information about James Cook and his expeditions. Must Visit!

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Traralgon, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cooks Cottage is a great attraction in these lovely City gardens, I was amazed during my peacefull walk in the gardens a few days ago how many tourist were making straight for the cottage to take photos of this historic land mark. This cottage built by James Cooks parents in the English Village of Great Ayton in the year 1755... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting little cottage originally in Yorkshire in the UK and transported and re-built in Melbourne. Former home of Captain Cook, shows how simple life was 200 years ago. Guides are very good if you have any questions. You can dress up in period clothes if you like too!

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