Posted: 10/02/2014 at 13:25
It depends on where you are booking accommodation. I stay in Washington, and on the morning I drive to Hewarth metro and park there (think it's £1.20 for the day), and get the Metro into Newcastle. It's much easier and less hassle. I wouldn't park in South Shields unless you want to spend a lot of time in the area afterwards.
I don't know about parking in Newcastle itself, but one of the regulars might know.