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Normandy and England in November Trip Planning

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I'm in the beginning stage of planning a 12-day trip to Normandy and England with my mom (I'm in my mid 30's and my mom is in her mid 60's), for last week of November and half of first week of December, starting with four and half days in Normandy (from Caen), then afterwards, taking the train from Rouen to Paris and then the Eurostar to England. Both my mom and I have been to England before, but not together; my itinerary from the previous trip is the last post here (http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/england-and-scotland-15-days-in-november-trip-planning.cfm); my mom spent a week in London about 15 years ago (also during one of the colder months), went to museums mostly and did a day trip to Greenwich. We're used to traveling during the shoulder season and last Thanksgiving week we went to Berner Oberland and Copenhagen and had a great time.

I need some help with the England portion of the trip; please take a look at my current plan:
Day 6: Afternoon travel from Rouen to Canterbury (via Ashford International), sleep in Canterbury
Day 7: Canterbury sightseeing during the day, evensong service at the cathedral, evening train to and sleep in Dover
Day 8 (Saturday): Dover Castle in the morning, afternoon travel to and sleep in Bath
Day 9: Roman Bath Museum and Bath Abbey (choral matin) in the morning, Cardiff Castle in the afternoon, sleep in Cardiff
Day 10: St. Fagans National History Museum in Cardiff, then evening train to London
Day 11: Windsor Castle in the morning, Museum of London Docklands in the afternoon, Selfridges in the early evening for early Christmas shopping
Day 12: Fly back home

Initial questions:
1. Is there a rail pass that would cover our travels in England? If yes, does the pass cover peak time travel (before 9:30 AM) at all? Would the pass cover trip to Cardiff?
2. I think there was a Windsor Castle combination rail ticket from London but I can't find it anymore on the rail company website. If it still exists, is the train ticket part of this combination ticket an all-day zone 6 unlimited travel pass (like the one for Hampton Court Palace)?
3. Is the Royal Crescent in Bath worth seeing (I'm not a Jane Austen fan in particular)? If yes, I would consider adding extra half day to the itinerary, but I went to the crescent in Edinburgh (can't remember the name of the neighborhood now), didn't go inside of course, and thought was interesting to see it for the first time, but not enough to want to take a long walk just to see it again while in Bath if it's very similar (I think it's 0.7 miles each way from the Roman Bath Museum to the Royal Crescent).
4. Christmas markets in Bath and Cardiff will have started by the time we get there. Should I try to go see them? I walked through the one near the London Eye when I was there last time and it was okay...last Christmas we went to the one in Prague and the New Year market in Vienna and we loved them.

I'm sure I'll have more questions later on, but thank you in advance for your input.

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