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“A Delightful Trip Back to England”
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 November 15, 2013

We visited here on a sunny afternoon and whilst there are a number of places in Melbourne where you can sense the British background, this cottage is the apex of that feeling. The cottage was built /altered by James Cook's parents in 1755 and whilst there is no proof the son ever lived there, he would certainly have been a regular visitor. it was dismantled and rebuilt in it's current position in 1933. The cottage is set in the delightful Fitzroy Gardens with Mature trees that are found in England and additionally a traditional country garden has been created. As you would expect with a cottage the rooms are few but they have been well furnished with items of the correct period. Friendly and helpful staff added to our trip and sitting in the sunshine watching a steady movement of visitors and eating ice creams we could easily have been in Yorkshire. This is not somewhere that will provide a long visit but it will certainly give much pleasure.

Thank bsandrs
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

Set in the middle of the gorgeous Fitzroy Gardens, this cottage is where Captain James Cook lived. For only $5, you can take a step back in time and wander through this incredible home, so famous in Australia's history.
Furniture and decorations in the home were significantly accurate, they truly have done a wonderful job capturing the time in which it was lived in. The house is very small and warm even on the cooler days. Set aside a good half hour to tour the gorgeous cottage and take photos.

Thank Aleisha93
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

It costs $5 approx nd it is excellent. It is the genuine cottage that Capt James Cook grew up in. There are some colonial clothes on the clothesline that you can dress up in and take your own photos. It is a two-storey cottage and garden. They have good information on everything and a little shop selling souvenirs. It is about a 10-15 minute walk from the CBD shopping streets.

Thank Michelle M
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Incredible piece of history, being removed from England and rebuild brick by brick. This is the house of Captain Cook with a small garden out the back. Probably need about half hour max to view and cost is about $5. Really a good little attraction!

Thank Shawn B
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We had a very pleasant and enlightening visit to Cook's Cottage. It was really interesting to see how they lived in England all those years ago. The furnishings and fittings (down to chamber pots, fortunately empty!) made it easy to visualize life in those days. Some of the rooms looked as though their occupants had only just walked out!

The Cottage garden was so pretty- I only wish that there had been more information on the plants that were in it.

The Cottage stands in the beautiful grounds of Fitzroy Garden, just a few minutes walk from one of the Circle City Tram stops. Even in late winter, there were lots of flowers, and the greenery was so refreshing.

All in all, a nice short visit, enjoyable even if you are not a history buff

Thank vickykksa
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