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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 4 days ago via mobile

I visited Cook’s cottage on a wet Sunday afternoon. I ended up spending a good 1-1/2 hrs looking around the house, the exhibit area and talking to the museum staff. Well worth a visit if you are a Captain Cook fan or interested in the...More

Thank NearRadwell
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Our children were interested with the map that lit up Captain cooks different voyages. We all enjoyed dressing up in the period costumes too!

Thank Allison230
Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly, it was wonderful to finally visit Captain Cook's cottage..even if it wasn't ever actually his cottage at all ! The cottage has a beautiful setting in the gardens and it was just so picturesque. We learned so much information from the cottage guides dressed...More

Thank Linda R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Many years ago we took our children to see Captain Cooks Cottage. So on our recent visit to Melbourne as it was a lovely sunny September day we took a nostalgic stroll through the Treasury Gardens Park. We came across Cooks Cottage set amongst the...More

Thank louise r
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting to see how the cottage was bought over from England and read the history behind Captain James Cook. The cottage garden with it's variety of vegetables was a surprise.

Thank RG02
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I knew Captain Cook discovered Hawaii, but I did not realize he also discovered NZ, Australia, and Antarctic. It is only somewhat less amazing that they took his family home in England apart and shipped it to Melbourne brick by brick.

Thank Yankeehoya
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting to know the house of Captain Cook. But even more interesting for people who don't know how English cottages of the 17th century. Cheap and fast visit. Anyway, if you don't have too much time in Melbourne, it is worth visiting other places instead...More

Thank ana isabel i
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was very interested to visit Cooks Cottage for the simple reason that I live a few miles away from Great Ayton . Fascinating story how it was purchased in 1933 because the council wanted to widen the road that would have ment demolishing the cottage...More

Thank drajab
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Being from Sydney, this landmark has always puzzled me why it is in Melbourne. Having also visited Whitby in the U.K. and Hawaii this kind of ties up the fascination with this great explorer Well worth the visit

Thank Gaigin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can never tire of it, seen it so many times but still ask the same questions - did he really live in such a small house. As the name suggest, it is a cottage but it is set beautifully in the Fitzroy Gardens - a...More

Thank RonWamberal
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