Cooks' Cottage, Melbourne

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A remarkable practical achievement in itself, the quaint, red-brick complex that is Cooks' Cottage was dismantled and transported piece-by-piece from its original home in England. Now located in Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne, the cottage serves as a rustic-style, ivy-covered reminder of Australia’s colonial past. Immaculately preserved and authentically charming, the building’s furnishings are all representative of the era in which it was constructed. Plan to visit Cooks' Cottage and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Melbourne attractions using our Melbourne road trip app .
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  • Located in the beautiful park Fitzroys is a small museum with historical articles, most of the 18 century, the time of Captain Cook's voyages.
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  • Took some visitors here and was mildly impressed. Last time I visited here was many years ago! You pay a nominal fee to enter, get the opportunity to put on some clothing of the time, and see how they...  more »
  • These Gardens were very nice and we saw Cook's Cottage it was not very big think it said it had been moved there form some were else , had a lovely conservatory well stocked and the garden were very n...  more »
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  • One of the best reconstructions I've seen, with fantastic Yorkshire voice over! Very helpful volunteers in period costumes; Mary answered all my questions and was a delight to talk to.
  • The most tranquil and peaceful of Melbourne's park with rich flora and fauna and some beautiful lawns for sprawling out. The conservatory is a true gem along with the cooks cottage! A must see on anyone's Melbourne itinerary!!!
  • Loved our visit. Worth the entry price to see a bit of history and dress up for a picture. Staff were knowledgeable and very friendly.
  • An absolutely amazing place and the ladies were so informative,we as a family really enjoyed our visit and our great granddaughter got to dress in clothes of past times and walk through the cottage gardens while the lady explained the names of flowers and herbs to us.well worth a visit.
  • What's really interesting is the history of Cooks' Cottage. It was originally built in 1755 in North Yorkshire, England. Then, in 1933 its owner decided to sell it and it was bought by an Australian businessman and philanthropist, for £800. He had it deconstructed brick by brick and packed into cases and barrels and shipped to Melbourne where it was re-constructed in 1934. I guess it follows that this must be the oldest house in Australia. Apparently, cuttings from ivy that adorned the house in England were also taken and planted when the house was re-constructed here. As you can see in the photos, a small English cottage garden has also been established around the house, further adding to its period reconstruction. It's a tiny cottage really and it can get quite busy inside during nice weekends or when their's a bus load of Asian tourists visiting. The inside includes old antiques and in the back room you'll see information about Captain Cook and his expeditions. The clothes of the volunteer guides, is stylised in the way of the 18th century and for when taking photos, visitors can also dress up in similar costumes. It's well worth a visit and then take a stroll through the magnificent Fitzroy Gardens. We loved it. We found the staff at Cooks' Cottage to be very helpful and very knowledgeable.

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