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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
+61 3 9658 9658
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Now there is a question. Although built in 1755 by captain James Cooks parents in Yorkshire, England, this 'cottage' was moved to Melbourne in 1934. Um why? There is plenty of authentic historic material on Cook in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand so I don’t...More

Thank ChefCliveM
Reviewed 2 days ago

Cook's Cottage is a quaint look back in time and a fabulously restored piece of history. It is small but easily accessed. Bit pricey but worth it.

Thank jamesallisonshs1
Reviewed 3 days ago

Fitzroy Gardens are a picturesque location for Cook's parents' cottage. It is great to have a look round with friendly guides in costume telling people about its history.

Thank Jade-Stamford
Reviewed 6 days ago

It is an ok place but not the best of attractions if you are from the UK. It is very small and not a there.

Thank Rick H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Love looking at this place in the beautiful Fitzroy gardens the architecture the history just wonderful

Thank Sarge48
Reviewed 6 days ago

Capt. Cook’s home in Fitzroy Gardens. James Cook’s parents built this home in English town of Great Ayton in 1755. Cook mapped the E coast of Australia in 1770. The home was dismantled and shipped to Melbourne in 1934. It is the oldest building in...More

Thank Ronald L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took some visitors here and was mildly impressed. Last time I visited here was many years ago! You pay a nominal fee to enter, get the opportunity to put on some clothing of the time, and see how they lived in the 1800’s. Set amid...More

Thank Ravinder S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These Gardens were very nice and we saw Cook's Cottage it was not very big think it said it had been moved there form some were else , had a lovely conservatory well stocked and the garden were very nice worth a look

Thank traveller020953
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is the oldest bulding in Australia. It has been built on 1765 in England and brought in Melbourne on 1934. Located at Fitzroy gardens is a real gem. We have a sort visit at this historic bulding. It is the original captain Cooks Cottage...More

Thank Iad K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed it here and worth a visit. Two people in traditonal costume explained the histroy. House is small but could visit the rooms and a museum

Thank kaz110965
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