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“Quaint cottage”
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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
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“Quaint cottage”
Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

A good and interesting view. $5 to look around for an adult but full of history. In the beautiful fitzroy gardens, it's a lovely walk with beautiful views.

Visited July 2013
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  • German first
  • Hungarian first
  • Indonesian first
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  • Korean first
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“history lesson”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

enjoyed a very pleasant walk in fitzroy gardens on a cool but bright Morning. The staff were well informed and friendly and we spent a very pleasant 30 mins.

Visited June 2013
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“Compact but worth the visit”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

If you are visiting Fitzroy Gardens or anywhere around it, please visit Captain Cook's Cottage. I was recommended by my tour guide and I am glad I took the chance to go into the cottage. It takes less than 30 minutes to walk around and read the history and explanations about this place. The workers there were also warm and very informative. For those who love history, do not miss this place when you are in Melbourne.

Visited December 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Watch your Head”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

Cooks Cottage was a gift from England to Australia, it was shipped over and reassembled brick by brick in Fitzroy Gardens, not far from Melbourne City.
It is a small cottage, with some low beams on the stairs, so watch out for your head. There are a few items upstairs, whether they are are Cooks or not, they help make this attraction more interesting.
Fitzroy Gardens is a beautiful park, with the miniature Village (also donated from England) an observatory for plants and the Carved Fairy Tree.

Visited July 2012
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Port Augusta, Australia
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“Cook's Cottage”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Visited over 40 years ago and loved it then. Visited in May 2013 and once again loved it. Staff were excellent and very knowledgeable but surprised I learned all about Captain Cook and his voyages in primary school (we need to teach our kids this stuff!!!). Only drawback was a coach load of people arrived and, of course, the cottage is not big enough for more than a handful of people at a time. Families need to ensure their children behave and not run around. Lovely that we can still see things that are so old and have a relevance to the European history of our country. Beautiful garden surrounds and other sights nearby.

Visited May 2013
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