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“the gardens make it”
Review of Cooks' Cottage

Cooks' Cottage
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 7, 2013

We so enjoyed Fitzroy Gardens and then we found this historic house which has a charming English garden, we got in for $2 as we are old and off a cruise ship.

Thank gwgMimsFlorida
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Yes, it is Captain Cook's original cottage. But it was not built here in Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne. It was originally built in England and was transported brick by brick to Melbourne. Bizarre.

Anyhow, it is a piece of history and should be of interest to some people.

Thank Kay C
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Always friendly staff, small easy to get around and good photo opportunities. Post box adjacent to send specially franked cards

Thank gpdBrunei
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

It is amazing that at some time in the past they have taken this building apart brick by brick and shipped it out from Europe to Australia and rebuilt it. Worth visiting to see what a house was like 200+ years ago let alone for the history that is told in the site.

Thank HiddenCaviar
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

It's great to see where Captain James Cook spent his early life. Having come from the UK they've really captured what an old English garden was like. I'd highly recommend this place to tourists and locals.

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