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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

The garden is authentic; historically the structure inside and out, is captivating. Such a humble beginning. The focus on the British origin validates the siting in the open space of Fitzroy Gardens.The costumes and theatre that sometimes accompanies tours is perfect for children. Authenticity will...More

Thank rosalindp405
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was certainly interesting to view how people used to live in cottages. Entrance fee was not pricey. The cottage is located in Fitzoy Gardens amidst all that beautiful greenery. The guides were informative and very pleasant.

Thank Cil83
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an amazing histroical building, lovingly transported and reassembled in Australia in the 1930's. It was wonderful to see how James Cook lived as a child.If you have young children who have learnt abut Captain Cook in school, than this is a must see.

Thank Trevor S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Capt. Cooke's Cottage is a history in a beautiful surrounding inside the magnificent Fitzroy Garden right next to the city. You can get down from Olimont Train Station or come by the #75 route Tram from Flinders Street to access the Fitzroy Gardens where Cooks'...More

1  Thank Titus D
Reviewed 1 week ago

In the heart of the Fitzroy gardens, which you can get to by the free brown tram. It is small but interesting if you like to know the history of James cook. You can pay to get in or just view from the gardens.

Thank Margaret H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Australia's "oldest" building with three children 8,10 and 12. The two younger ones were given a compass and a challenge sheet to follow the clues and get stamps at each of Cooks destinations. They really enjoyed it. The house itself is very interesting...More

Thank scottharrington2005
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walk around the gardens for a relaxing afternoon/day. Wonderful piece of history. Take a book and a blanket. Have your lunch. Chose a nice sunny day.

Thank jeaniesnow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in the middle of Fitzroy gardens, just a small cottage, the staff inside give you a good history story about the house and Cpt Cook himself, dressed in period costumes, a popular attraction in Melb, costs about $6.00 entry. ( Trip advisor - have...More

Thank Gary094
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cook's Cottage also known as Captain Cook's Cottage is located inside the Fitzroy Gardens at Melbourne, Australia. It is in the heart of the city and easily accessible. The cottage was originally constructed in 1755 in the English village of Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, by...More

Thank Aryan2007
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love the history of where that I was born and my countries heritage. I learned about Captain Cook at school. This is an awesome place to see what you have read about. You can see it. Well worth a visit.

Thank Andrew L
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