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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 1 week ago

Historic landmark Cooks' Cottage, situated in the beautiful heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens,built in 1755, Cooks' Cottage is the oldest building in Australia.Built by the parents of Captain James Cook, the cottage was brought to Melbourne by Sir Russell Grimwade in 1934. Each brick was individually numbered...More

Thank kokomitay
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a quaint little cottage from an English village, which has some historical significance for Aussies and Kiwis because Captain Cook brought this part of the world to the attention of the civilised part. You won't see another one quite like it here, but...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

1. Loved the cottage. 2. Although Captain Cook hardly or never stayed in this cottage and was built by his father, some of his things are there such as books etc. 3. The cottage has various rooms and furniture that reminds how people lived in...More

Thank Tamzid F
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a historic building and relates to our early days and gives an insight of how life was for Captain Cook before he left on his mammoth journey.

Thank 254joanr
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cook never lived in this cottage and he never came to Victoria let alone Melbourne. Total total rip off.

Thank Pavonine
Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently visited this place with freinds. It is located near MCG stadium. The place is accessible by walk from MCG and the house where famous navigator james cook ever lived. We can buy costume here at very reasonable price.Fitzroy garden is nearby place.

Thank rea2der
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cook's Cottage is located in a beautiful garden, nestled among a grove of trees. Friendly folks in costume will tell you as much as or more than you ever wanted to know about Captain Cook and his times. The cottage is furnished with period items,...More

Thank ArlettaC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great place to visit to learn all about the history and first settlement of Melbourne. The quaint cottage has been beautifully restored to appear as it would have originally back in the early 1880's. Great for a stroll around and the little vegetable...More

Thank 2310CarmenS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the few places you will find a Union Jack flying in Melbourne...does that mean its England?? Situated in the absolutely beautiful Fitzroy gardens, this bit of "History" is a brick by brick rebuilding of the English cottage that Captain Cook was said to...More

Thank audreytatou
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's interesting to lear the history of the place. The kids can dress up and join in. I think it should be free though.

Thank callyjimbo
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