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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

Such a small but cute Cottage surrounded by the lovely Gardens of Fitzroy. Make sure to dress in the Clothing the lovely Staff offer you & take lots of memorable photos.

Thank Munkee P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This quaint old Yorkshire cottage which was dismantled and brought to Melbourne is an unusual attraction. Based in Fitzroy Gardens near to a small visitor information centre and (excellent) cafe, this little house and its charming gardens is worth the visit if you are prepared...More

Thank Mike F
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 weeks 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 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 4 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
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