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Cooks' Cottage

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Published April 26th 2013
Cooks' Cottage English England History Melbourne Fitzroy Gardens
Cooks' Cottage is the oldest building in Australia.


Cooks' Cottage offers a trip back in time to 18th century England. The cottage is situated in Fitzroy Gardens, although this wasn't always the case. In 1933 the cottage was painstakingly disassembled and shipped all the way over from Great Ayton, Yorkshire, England. It was rebuilt in Fitzroy Gardens as a gift from Sir Russell Grimwade for Melbourne's 1934 centenary celebrations.

Step inside the cottage and you can admire the antique furniture and tools. Step outside and you can explore the garden filled with plants that were popular in the 18th century. Kids and the young at heart can have fun dressing up in the 18th century attire provided. Wander into the gift shop and learn about Captain Cook's voyages and his eventual demise.

Captain Cook Statue
A bronze statue of Captain Cook wearing naval uniform .


Cooks' Cottage is a nice site to visit, even if just viewing from the outside whilst strolling through Fitzroy Gardens. Devoted Captain Cook fans will be disappointed to know that he did not live in that cottage. It was actually Captain Cook's father's house. However it is likely that Captain Cook visited the cottage during his home visits.
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Why? Experience a trip back in time to the18th Century.
When: Monday to Sunday: 9am to 5pm - Last visitor admitted 4:45pm
Phone: (03) 94195766
Where: Fitzroy Gardens
Cost: Adult: $5 Child: $2.50 Concession: $3 Family: $13.50
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This has been on my list of things to do in Melbourne forever, but I still haven't gotten around to going there. MUST remember to visit.
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