Transportation: After a lot of research I decided the best option for us to get from Heathrow to Paddington Station would be the Heathrow Connect. Apparently it is now called TFL Rail - it was the most affordable option for us, not the fastest but fast enough. You can read all about it here. If you’d like to hear about all the ways to travel from Heathrow to Paddington you can read this discussion thread on TripAdvisor.
From Paddington we took a train to Bath. It was pretty easy to figure out which track our train was on. You can buy train tickets here. The trip takes about an hour & a half.
Where we stayed: Parade Park B&B
It was very affordable and centrally located. Bath is a very walkable city and we were able to explore most of it without needing a taxi. Our room was definitely small but cute and cozy, completely great for our needs. They offered complimentary buffet breakfast every morning and have a bar downstairs where you can chat up the bartender to learn all about Bath and must-see spots.
Things to see & do in Bath:
Bath Abbey - Gorgeous old abbey founded in the 7th century, rebuilt in the 12th & 16th centuries, major restoration done in the 1860’s. It is free but donation is suggested. Pro-tip: Be sure to check opening times and try to plan your visit during a Choral Evensong to enjoy their choir.
The Circus & The Royal Crescent - very cool examples of the Georgian architecture Bath is famous for.
Jane Austen Centre
River Avon & Parade Park Gardens
Museum of Bath Architecture
Royal Victoria Park
*There are a lot of shopping opportunities in Bath, along Saint Lawrence St. and that area. We didn’t spend much time walking around the shops but there were clothing boutiques that looked pretty nice if that’s your thing!
Eat & Drink:
The Bertinet Bakery
The Green Rocket Cafe - We grabbed coffee and croissants here one morning before we started exploring for the day. It is very cute and offers great vegetarian and vegan options.
Alehouse - We had a nightcap here after dinner our last night in Bath. It feels very “classic old English pub”.
The Hideout - Definitely check this place out if you are at all into whiskey!
Pump Room Restaurant
Antica - The romantic little Italian place we had dinner our last night. The man who waited on us was sooo nice, he was from Italy and we talked with him about our trip there.