Cooks' Cottage, previously known as Captain Cook's Cottage, is located in the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, Australia. The cottage was constructed in 1755 in the English village of Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, by the parents of Captain James Cook, James and Grace Cook, and was brought to Melbourne in 1934 by Sir Russell Grimwade. It is a point of conjecture among historians whether James Cook, the famous navigator, ever lived in the house, but almost certainly he visited his parents at the house.
The inside of the cottage includes centuries-old antiques and is stylised in the way of the 18th century, as are the clothes of the volunteer guides.
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Soroush Angabini | Mar 1, 2018
It is a small building located in the middle of a very nice park. You need to buy a ticket and I think the outside and it's story is interesting but inside not that much. So it worth it to take a look from outside. Near the cook's cottage there is a nursery with a lot of nice flowers. I liked the park and nursery more than building itself.
Michael Brailsford | Feb 6, 2018
Very good, as a Yorkshireman, the vist was excellent and perfectly complemented the various Cook exhibits in Cooks and my own count. The guide Michael was very knowledgeable and really friendly, he made the visit even better for us!
Bhanu Prakash | Jan 16, 2018
Cook's cottage was wonderful!! It has also the beautiful museum on how the cottage was transferred here and built... It's really worth to pay a visit!!
John Moonraker | Jan 5, 2018
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.
Steven Foot | Dec 8, 2017
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.
francisco nguyen | Mar 28, 2018
It is fascinating to see this faithfully transported and reconstructed house (even if it was actually his parents' dwelling). It serves as an accurate picture of life in eighteenth century England. The garden was well maintained. Unfortunately we were unable to watch the entire three and a half video re-enactment of Cook's life.
Scott | Mar 14, 2018
6 and a half bucks, and a 6 and a half star mind blowing rating. Must see before you die! This is old James we’re talking about!
Howard Cheetham | Mar 31, 2018
A little bizarre finding an English county cottage transplanted from England, but a neat exhibition.
Vidit Baya | Apr 24, 2018
A very good experience. I request the authorities to lower down the entry rates because they are really not affordable. The cottage is a beautiful place to see and the park can be the best place in Melbourne to relax and meditate.😉😉
Ravinda Mallikarachchi | Apr 15, 2018
A place to learn a little bit of history. Tickets must be purchased from the nearby Information Centre. You can also take a photo in old clothing. Fitzroy Gardens is a great place for a picnic.
Gemma Noonan | Apr 21, 2018
A small house with a big amount of history, nestled in the gardens in the middle of the bustling city. Very quaint little cottage and a lovely walk to get to through the gardens.
linda welsh | May 23, 2018
This lovely little find in Fitzroy gardens is a gem . The guides are super knowledgable and friendly. The map highlighting the breadth of his voyages is mind blowing.
Cluster | Jul 3, 2018
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!!!
Catherin Findlay | Jun 25, 2018
$6 entry for adult. Cute cottage. Can look around in 10-15minutes.
Ian Woodruff | Aug 7, 2018
GREAT TO HAVE A PIECE OF HISTORY PRESERVED Captain Cook's cottage is quite small (at least by today's Australian house sizes!) and is located in the grounds of Fitzroy Gardens. It's well worth a visit (30 minutes should be enough time to appreciate it). Good photo opportunities - especially outside as the cottage in its park setting is quite bucolic.
Rhianna Smith | Aug 4, 2018
Staff were knowledgeable and quick to help with photos or questions. The garden was really interesting, with original remedies and uses for each of the herbs and plants listed on little signs. There were also clothes in the style of Captain Cook available so you could take an authentic photo with his statue.
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