Welcome to Rufus Court
Nestled just inside the City Wall, off Northgate Street, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Rufus Court is one of Chester's most striking courtyards and the winner of the Civic Trust Award.
The Romans used to have their barracks on the fields behind Rufus Court and the Roman Wall provides a backdrop for the ancient and modern buildings that house some of the quirkiest shops in Chester.
The development of Rufus Court, by the Thompson Cox Partnership, has created an intimate courtyard, with shops, cafes, offices, a wine bar and flats. The listed buildings have been restored and new buildings provide units on two levels, reflecting Chester's historic Rows.
The award-winning scheme was promoted by Chester City Council's conservation programme and has won high acclaim for regenerating an undervalued area within the historic city, through creative intervention and small scale mixed development.
The City Wall, high above the Shropshire Union Canal, is one of Chester's most prestigious addresses. On a clear day the views from the bookshops on the wall are fantastic.