Cooks' Cottage
Cooks' Cottage
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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  • Qldtravelbuff
    Brisbane, Australia121 contributions
    Captivating quaint cottage .
    My history loving daughter and I really loved visiting the cottage . Darren, a volunteer gave as a friendly summary about the cottage’s history. The informative film in the stable, was also great. The Fitzroy Gardens it is situated in, were spectacular, a welcome change from the litter and grime of the cbd. It’s worth the entry fee . A must see .
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 January 2023
  • Sarah B
    Launceston, Australia64 contributions
    Loved stepping back in time!
    A fascinating place, well worth a visit! At first, I thought it might have been a cottage belonging to Captain Cook and where he used to live and was intrigued as to how the city was built up around it, but not so. The cottage was Cook's parent's cottage and was moved to the gardens in the middle of Melbourne brick by brick from England! I loved the recreated rooms and the knowledgeable staff and there was a very informative display about Captain Cook and I learned a lot.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,820 contributions
    Cooks' Cottage is worth a visit
    The parents of the well-known cartographer and navigator, Captain James Cook RN, constructed Cooks' Cottage in 1755. The cottage is a modest structure, but it is said to be the oldest intact building in Australia, even though it is from North Yorkshire. The question as to whether James Cook actually lived here is open to conjecture, but it is almost certain that he visited his parents here. This quaint cottage is not a mansion, but most visitors agree that the cottage, with its garden and period furniture, is well worth a visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Questovia
    Wells, Maine1,170 contributions
    Interesting Piece of History
    Greeted by a kindly Cook impersonator makes the visit to Cooks' Cottage all the more interesting. Set in the middle of Fitzroy Garden, this pleasant little cottage tells a nice story of Australia's history. Glad we stopped in.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 May 2023
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Tina L
21 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Friends
I was really happy that I managed to visit it before leaving Melbourne. I would highly recommend having a quick look inside this cottage to learn about James Cook and life back then.
Written 7 September 2023
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Glenn R
13 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Family
A treasure buried in a wonderful gardens. The children were in awe to visit the parents home of the man who discovered Australia. A must see attraction in your in Melbourne.
Written 30 July 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,820 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Family
Cooks' Cottage was built in 1775 by the parents of Captain James Cook RN. There is no evidence that James Cook ever lived here. Philanthropist Sir Russell Grimwade deconstructed the cottage, which remains in Fitzroy Gardens, in Melbourne, where it was rebuilt. James Cook explored and charted the east coast of Australia, paving the way for British settlement and the establishment of a penal colony in New South Wales. In recent years, Cooks' Cottage has become controversial because of its connection to colonialism.
Written 30 July 2023
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia18,330 contributions
Jun. 2023
Located within the gardens which is a lovely place to spend some time, is Captain Cooks cottage that was brought from England stone by stone, it is a lovely experience to visit.
Written 13 July 2023
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Questovia
Wells, ME1,170 contributions
Feb. 2023 • Friends
Greeted by a kindly Cook impersonator makes the visit to Cooks' Cottage all the more interesting. Set in the middle of Fitzroy Garden, this pleasant little cottage tells a nice story of Australia's history. Glad we stopped in.
Written 30 May 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,820 contributions
Mar. 2023
The parents of the well-known cartographer and navigator, Captain James Cook RN, constructed Cooks' Cottage in 1755. The cottage is a modest structure, but it is said to be the oldest intact building in Australia, even though it is from North Yorkshire. The question as to whether James Cook actually lived here is open to conjecture, but it is almost certain that he visited his parents here. This quaint cottage is not a mansion, but most visitors agree that the cottage, with its garden and period furniture, is well worth a visit.
Written 26 April 2023
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Sarah B
Launceston, Australia64 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Couples
A fascinating place, well worth a visit! At first, I thought it might have been a cottage belonging to Captain Cook and where he used to live and was intrigued as to how the city was built up around it, but not so. The cottage was Cook's parent's cottage and was moved to the gardens in the middle of Melbourne brick by brick from England! I loved the recreated rooms and the knowledgeable staff and there was a very informative display about Captain Cook and I learned a lot.
Written 10 February 2023
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Qldtravelbuff
Brisbane, Australia121 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Family
My history loving daughter and I really loved visiting the cottage . Darren, a volunteer gave as a friendly summary about the cottage’s history. The informative film in the stable, was also great. The Fitzroy Gardens it is situated in, were spectacular, a welcome change from the litter and grime of the cbd. It’s worth the entry fee . A must see .
Written 5 January 2023
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B T
London, UK1,194 contributions
Nov. 2022
It was the home of Captain Cook's parents transported to Australia from England and rebuilt in Fitzroy gardens. It is interesting to see as you don't get buildings that old in Australia. You can pay to go in but there is not really much to see inside as it is just two rooms.
Written 4 November 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,820 contributions
Aug. 2022
This historic cottage was dismantled in Yorkshire and transported in pieces to Melbourne; it now stands in Fitzroy Gardens. Its exact relationship to Captain James Cook RN is uncertain, but it was certainly occupied by Cook's parents. This quaint cottage is one of Melbourne's best -loved attractions. It is easy walking distance from the city centre. A modest fee is charged for entry.
Written 25 August 2022
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