Fitzroy is not only one of Melbourne’s core, inner-suburbs, but it also hosts one of the signature botanical displays in a city renowned for its public gardens.
Indeed, the National Trust has coupled Fitzroy Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens as two of Australia’s most magnificent and historic gardens with outstanding landscape qualities and botanical importance.
Fitzroy Gardens' significance to the national heritage is also enhanced by the presence of Captain James Cook’s family home. Built in Great Ayton in England in 1755, the cottage was bought in 1934 by Sir Russell Grimwade who presented it to the people of Melbourne to commemorate Victoria’s centenary. The stone cottage was dismantled, shipped to Melbourne and reassembled in its original form in the Gardens.
Fitzroy also boasts a model Tudor Village presented to Melbourne by the people of Lambeth as a representation of a typical Kentish village.