Cooks' Cottage - City of Melbourne
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Cooks' Cottage

Cook's Cottage
A visit to the historic landmark Cooks' Cottage, situated in the beautiful heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens, is a must when exploring Melbourne.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
​Cooks' Cottage is now CLOSED, to reduce risk of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). More information on coronavirus​.​

Cooks' Cottage

Originally located in Yorkshire, England, and built in 1755 by the parents of Captain James Cook, Cooks’ Cottage was brought to Melbourne by Sir Russell Grimwade in 1934.

Navigator and explorer Captain James Cook never lived in the cottage – he’d been away from home for almost ten years when his father built it – but this connection to the Cook family was enough to prompt Grimwade to transport the cottage to the other side of the world. Astonishingly, each brick was individually numbered, packed into barrels and then shipped to Australia, along with cuttings of the original ivy coverings.

Come and explore this historic oddity and learn about its English origins and relocation to Melbourne, visit the adjacent cottage garden with medicinal herbs and remedies and dress in 18th century costumes.

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. Mandarin and Indonesian translations are available for the multi-media experience​.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), Cooks’ Cottage will not be running any school tours or group tours​, until further notice. If your booking is post 30 April, please feel free to complete the online booking form and we will confirm directly with you. 

Tickets and souvenirs can be purchased from the Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre, just 100 metres away. All major cards are accepted for payment, as well as Alipay and WeChat Pay.

Getting to Cooks' Cottage

  • 15 minute walk from Federation Square and easy walking distance from the city centre
  • Free City Circle tram – disembark at Spring Street, Treasury Gardens stop
  • Tram routes 48 or 75 – disembark at Wellington Parade, adjacent to Fitzroy Gardens
  • Train – disembark at Parliament or Jolimont Stations
  • Public car parking surrounds the gardens (parking tickets may be required)


Fitzroy Gardens
Wellington Parade
East Melbourne VIC 3002

Contact details

Phone: 9658 9658
Email Cooks' Cottage


General entry: Adults $6.90
Concession* $5.20
Children (5-15 years) $3.70
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $19

* Concession applies to students, seniors and pensioners​

 School tours and group visits.



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