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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 2 days ago via mobile

It was interesting to see how they lived back then. The price is good and it’s definitely worth paying ~6 AUD for what you get. The most interesting part for me was a small exhibit in the barn which actually had something to do with...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

my 3 kids loved to dress up in the old style clothes and couldn't believe that people lived in such small cottages ,the staff were great with the kids talked to them about captain cook

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to go to Cook's cottage but weren't interested in paying for the experience so we just looked from the outside, as the building was more of interest to us. A great centrepiece within Fitzroy gardens.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Historic building and in a really nice setting. It is a must see if you are into your history of Australia and Melbourne. There is a fee which we have never paid but I feel it is just nice to look on the outside. If...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a low cost activity for travellers. The cottage itself is beautifully preserved and presented, and being able to dress up in clothing of the era made for some fun photos. It is in Fitzroy Gardens, which are also beautiful to visit

Thank Meg R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A quaint cottage at Fitzroy garden. Visitors can enter at a fee, and they have staff dressed in clothing styled back in the day. There are costumes that visitors can also try out for a photo opportunity.

Thank Marielle G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located in fitzroy garden, surrounded by beautiful flowers. It is very interesting to read the history of how the house got moved from England to Melbourne. I thinks the Australian really appreciate the value of its history.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited as 3 kids & 1 adult. The cost was only $13.50 (1 kid was under 5 years.) My kids had a great time trying on the dress up clothes from the 1800s, playing hopscotch, quoits, bowling and the ball & cup. The attendant...More

Thank Tam13
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

Set in beautiful Fitzroy gardens in the shadow of nearby 'MCG' is another piece of timeless history. What a really tranquil setting indeed to site Captain Cook's wee house, carefully dismantled in England and rebuilt with love here in Melbourne. Even if you are not...More

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MelbourneVisitorInfo, Tourism Operations at Cooks' Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Tufty2015 We’re so glad you could visit, and agree that having a tangible piece of history really makes our experience come alive. The wonderful people dressed in period costume are not actors, or even paid staff. They are volunteers drawn from all over Melbourne,...More

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Reviewed 21 June 2018

It's just so nice to see a place of a man who's so great in Melbourne. He bought with him the materials from his house in UK and built it in this city. So simple but full of memories

Thank Yam V
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MelbourneVisitorInfo, Tourism Operations at Cooks' Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Yam So full of memories! Cooks’ Cottage was the home of Captain James Cook’s parents, and was relocated to Melbourne by prominent businessman Russell Grimwade in 1934. Certainly a great feat. Thanks for visiting. Erin City of Melbourne

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